Boyle Heights

Boy Fatally Shot Near Boyle Heights Elementary School

The shooting is the second in which a juvenile victim was fatally injured near a Los Angeles elementary school within 24 hours.

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A boy was fatally shot near an elementary school in Boyle Heights Tuesday, and police were searching for the shooter.

The shooting was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the area East First Street and South Savannah Street, near First Street Elementary School, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Cervantes said.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. His name and age were not immediately released.

One woman says he's her nephew but declined to give his name.

"I just got a call from work, that he was shot," said Laura Galvan, an aunt. "I took off from work. We're just here trying to figure out what's going on."

The dead child's family and neighbors to Evergreen Park were offered services by the Mayors Crisis Response Team.

"It's very tragic to have someone so young lose their life to gun violence," said Margarita Amador, a volunteer with the Mayor's Crisis Response Team.

Officers established a perimeter in the area to search for the shooter. Reports from the scene indicated that one person had been detained, but police were still searching for a second suspect.

No further details were immediately available.

The shooting is the second in which a juvenile victim was fatally injured near a Los Angeles elementary school within 24 hours. At about 4:45 p.m. Monday, 12-year-old Alexander Alvarado was shot while sitting in an SUV at Denni Street and Blinn Avenue near Wilmington Park Elementary School.

Alvarado was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

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