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LAPD Shoots At Teen With Fake Gun But Hits 15-Year-Old Bystander

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An LAPD officer shot a teenage boy in the back after mistaking a replica gun for a real gun. However, it wasn't the teenager with the fake gun that got hit, but a 15-year-old boy standing next to him. At about 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning, two officers spotted a group gathered in an alley in the 7200 block of 10th Avenue in South Los Angeles, the L.A. Times reports. The officers saw a teenage boy pointing what they believed to be a gun at someone. The officers ordered the teen to put the gun down. When he did not respond, one officer opened fire, shooting a 15-year-old boy standing next to the teen in the back.

The 15-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital and later released. The teen with the fake gun was not injured, but could face charges for brandishing a fake weapon in front of a police officer. Police determined that the teens were all friends and hadn't been fighting.

LAPD Cmdr. Smith called the shooting an "unfortunate situation" and said that "because of people bringing out replica weapons like that, it certainly could have been a terrible tragedy."

The officers named have not been revealed yet, though both have been taken out of the field pending investigation.