Sunday, January 22, 2006


Van Nuys: 16-Year Old Girl Shot

Ah man, this sucks.
A 16-year-old Van Nuys girl shot in the face Saturday while playing with a gun was hospitalized and will likely recover, but the teen who was showing off the gun is now in custody, according to police.

The shooting happened about 2:20 p.m. in the 16000 block of Vanowen Street, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez said.

The girl’s 20-year-old sister told detectives two 16-year-old boys from school had brought the gun to the residence. She believed the shooting was accidental, as the boys were showing off the weapon.

The name of the boy was withheld. He was being held at LAPD's Van Nuys Station and expected to be booked at a Sylmar juvenile hall on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The gun was not immediately recovered.

It really makes you wonder what is going through the heads of teenagers these days. Wait a second --- isn't 16 years of age an immediate bump to adult status in California when committing a violent crime?

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