TV Station KTLA reports on a tragedy that resulted from one man trying to stop a theft. Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies have arrested four teenagers as a result. The boys were arrested after a fight over a DS ended in a shooting that wounded one teen and killed an unnamed 29-year-old male. The shooting occurred just after 3:00 p.m. Monday at a shopping center where a teen met with four other teen boys to sell a Nintendo DS game system.
According to police, the boys had no intention of buying anything – they planned to rob him. When they tried, a fight broke out and one of the four robbers pulled out a gun. An unidentified man, who police are calling a Good Samaritan, tried to break up the fight armed with a baseball bat. The boy with the gun shot him in the torso and the owner of the DS in the thigh as he tried to flee.
The four suspects – males between the ages of 13 and 16 – have been arrested and are facing charges of robbery and murder.
Police said the man who tried to thwart the robbery was a 29-year-old Hispanic male, but did not divulge his identity. The DS seller was treated for non-threatening injuries at a nearby hospital. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at 661-255-1121.
Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.