Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

17-year old teen shot and killed in Oceanside, California

Antonio Carachuri-Perez, age 17
A 17-year old has died from a shooting in Oceanside, California.

From the article:
Oceanside police responded to calls of a gun shot heard nearby at about 2 a.m Sunday. When they arrived to the scene in the 400 block of Grant St, they found the teen suffering from a gunshot wound.
Medics treated the victim at the scene and later air-lifted him to Scripps Hospital. He died from his wounds shortly after, police said.
A suspect has not yet been identified. The teen's name has not yet been release, as authorities are still in the process of notifying his family.
A shooting ocurred in the same neighborhood just over a week ago. Police do not know yet if the two shootings are related.
UPDATE (3/15/12):  The victim's name is Antonio Carachuri-Perez
Why he was gunned down on the porch of his aunt’s house on Grant Street, just a couple of blocks from where a 20-year-old volunteer soccer coach was shot and wounded March 2, is not known to his mother, who hasn’t stopped crying since rushing to the hospital and learning her eldest had died.
Police are saying it was a gang-related homicide, but those who knew him say the teen was not a gang member.
“He was a good boy. He didn’t have trouble with anybody,” said his mother, Maria Perez, 37, who raised Antonio (Tony) and his four younger siblings a block away on Division Street in the predominantly Latino neighborhood. “I would go buy flowers and give them to him and he would go around the neighborhood and sell them. Everybody in our neighborhood knew him as the boy who sold flowers.
Daisy Lopez, 29, was Tony’s cousin. She said all the family knows is that Tony and some of his male cousins were hanging out on the porch when someone walking by the house shot him. He was hit in the abdomen and died a short time later.
The aunt’s front porch, where he fell, was transformed into an elaborate makeshift memorial Monday, with dozens of lit candles and photographs.
 A 16-year old boy has been arrested for the shooting.
The victim's mother, Maria Perez-Aquino, said Thursday she was thankful that police have made an arrest.
"I'm happy, but I'm not really happy," she said through a Spanish translator. "My son didn't know what was going to happen (to him)."
She said she wanted to see the face of the boy who killed her son.
Police said that minutes before the shooting, the young suspect used a gun to rob a person of jewelry and electronics in the 200 block of South Weitzel Street.
That's about a block away from where Carachurit-Perez was shot.
Carachurit-Perez's death was the Crown Heights neighborhood's second shooting in little more than a week and the second homicide in Oceanside this month.
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