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14-Year-Old Accidentally Shot And Killed Himself

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A 14-year-old boy was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in East L.A. on Saturday evening. He was discovered in an alley just south of the 3500 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department release. The release also stated that after speaking with witnesses, police believe that the teenager unintentionally shot himself while handling a loaded handgun, a sheriff's deputy said today. So far, the boy has only been identified as Latino, and as a "documented member of a local street gang." No reports on how or where the teen acquired possession of the gun that killed him.

As the Eastsider reports, another young man was shot in the same neighborhood a little over six months ago.