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2 teens killed in Watts drive-by shooting

June 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two teenagers were fatally gunned down in Watts just days before one of them was set to graduate from high school.

The shooting happened at about 10 p.m. Saturday on the 10600 block of Grape Street. Family members heard the shots but it was already too late.

Bullets ripped through the gate and an SUV parked in the driveway of the home.

When family members heard the gunfire last night they ran outside and found 17-year-old Emanuel Berry and his friend, 19-year-old Angelica Escalante, shot to death.

"I was inside my house. He was going to go to the store and a car drove by and shot him," said Marci Solis, Berry's mother.

Berry was to graduate from Jordan High School next Thursday. Escalante had a 10-month-old daughter.

Neighbors say there is a lot of gang activity in the area but police have yet to confirm if the deaths are gang-related.

Authorities did not have suspect information Sunday afternoon.

"Nobody knows. Nobody sees anything. You know how it is," said a neighbor.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD-247.

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