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Friends And Family Identify 18-Year-Old Fatally Shot By LAPD

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Carnell Snell Jr., who family and friends say was shot by police on Saturday. (Via Facebook)
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Carnell Snell Jr. was identified by friends and family as the teenager who was fatally shot by police after a vehicle pursuit on Saturday, reports KTLA. They say that he was 18 years old. Officer Jenny Houser of the LAPD told LAist that, at the moment, the identity can not be confirmed by the department.

The incident started at around 1 p.m. on Saturday. Officials say that police had spotted a vehicle with paper license plates and attempted to pull the car over. The driver allegedly drove away when officers approached. Officers from the LAPD's Metropolitan division engaged in a chase with the vehicle.

During the pursuit the driver stopped the car by the intersection of 106th Street and Western in South L.A., according to the L.A. Times. Two passengers got out and ran in different directions. One of the suspects ran behind a house on 107th Street, where he was shot by police. Paramedics pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.

Relatives say that Snell was shot and killed outside the house where he lived. Trenell Snell, 17, told the Times that she saw Carnell, her older brother, running by and later heard gunshots. She then saw him on the ground with handcuffs on. "At the end of the day, the cops came and shot my brother," she told the Times. Witnesses told KTLA that they'd heard 4 or 5 gunshots, and that Snell was running away from the police with his hands in the air.

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Police have not elaborated on what had happened during the moments right before the shooting. LAPD say that a handgun was recovered at the scene. The other suspect has not yet been found.

Later on Saturday, protestors from Black Lives Matter gathered outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's house in Hancock Park to protest the shooting.

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Another protest was planned for Sunday morning, according to the Times.