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LAPD to Release Video of Police Killing 14-Year-Old Girl in Clothing Store | Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Police Department is due to release a video on Monday in the case of an officer who shot and killed a 14-year-old girl inside a department store while shooting another person.

Last week, LAPD chief Michel Moore announced the department would release body camera images, 911 calls, radio transmissions, CCTV and other evidence related to the case.

The 14-year-old victim was identified as Valentina Orellana-Peralta, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled the death was a homicide gunshot to the chest.

Orellana-Peralta died Thursday after being shot through the locker room wall of a Burlington Coat Factory store in North Hollywood as police responded to a call about an assault, officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer involved has been placed on paid leave and has not been identified. When police arrived, they shot dead Daniel Elena Lopez, 24, who was accused of assault, officials said.

Police later discovered a bullet hole in the locker room wall, which was “directly behind the suspect and out of sight of officers,” the department said.

Details of the alleged assault are unclear, but police say they recovered a “very heavy lock” which they said was involved in an assault that injured a woman in the head and arm.

Orellana-Peralta had been shopping with her mother for a dress for a quinceañera – a 15th anniversary celebration – according to the Los Angeles Times.

“This chaotic incident resulting in the death of an innocent child is tragic and devastating for all involved. I am deeply sorry for the loss of the life of this young girl and I know there are no words that can ease the unimaginable pain for the family, ”Moore said last week.

He added: “My commitment is to conduct a thorough, complete and transparent investigation into the circumstances which led to this tragedy and to provide the family and the public with as much information as possible.”

The California Attorney General’s Office and the California Department of Justice will investigate the shooting.

The murder sparked outrage across the United States. Domingo García, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said in a statement: armed. “

The case also drew comparisons to a 2018 LAPD murder, when an officer shot a suspect inside a Trader Joe’s store and in so doing killed a store manager.

LAPD killings have risen sharply this year – the department shot dead 18 people in 2021, up from seven in 2020, according to the LA Times. On Sunday, the department announced that an officer shot dead another man who allegedly held a knife.

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