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Pomona shooting: 2 slain teens were best friends, say neighbors

April 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two teenage boys were killed and a third person was hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting broke out in Pomona.

Police received multiple reports of shots fired in the 300 block of Orchid Lane shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Responding officers located 16-year-old Andy Chavez in a nearby alley. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another victim, a 13-year-old friend of Chavez, was also found in that alley. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Friends said the two boys were not involved in gangs and may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I'm upset. They were young, young guys," said a friend of the boys, Roxana Aleman. "I don't know, I'm just speechless."

A third victim, whose age was not released, was found suffering from gunshot wounds in a vehicle on Orchid Lane. Investigators said he crashed a car into a home and a parked car after the shooting. He was flown to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in critical condition.

Diana Polanco said she and her grandmother were asleep in the living room of the house when the car came barreling through the wall. Polanco, whose siblings and cousins also live in the house, said they all dove to the ground when they heard the gunshots ring out. No one inside the house was hurt.

The identities of the 13-year-old victim was not released pending notification of family. Some residents in the area said the two boys used to live in the neighborhood and were best friends.

A search was under way for the suspect or suspects responsible. If you have any information about this case, you're urged to contact the Pomona Police Department's Homicide Bureau at (909) 620-2095.

Local resident Conception Benitas told Eyewitness News that he was attacked in the same area at about 11 p.m. Saturday. He said a group of men jumped him, beat him and fired shots at him before he was able to get away. He wasn't shot, but he did suffer some injuries from the beating. He notified police, who are trying to figure out whether that incident and the fatal shootings are related.

Benitas, who was wearing a security guard shirt, had a bloodied face and dirt on his shirt.


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