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Teen shot

assailants thought to be gang members

September 17, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A 16-year-old boy attending a party here early Sunday was shot once in the head in an attack police said could be gang-related.

There was no word on the boy's condition this morning other than Brawley police and fire crews reported the boy was alive and was being treated this morning at a San Diego hospital.

The boy's name was not released, and Pioneers Memorial Hospital officials declined to name the San Diego hospital the boy was taken to because of the possibility the shooting was gang-related.

Police did say the youth who was shot was not thought to be a gang member.

The shooting occurred just after midnight Sunday in the 1000 block of B Street.

Brawley police Lt. John Myers said the 16-year-old youth, who had been invited to the party by a family member, was one of up to 30 people at the party.


Myers said among those at the party were members of a Brawley gang.

At some point, a group of about six individuals walked to the house where the party was taking place. Those in the group were thought to be members of a rival gang, Myers said.

At least one member of the group pulled out a handgun and started firing into the crowd. Myers said the shooting was random, and there did not appear to be any target singled out.

The 16-year-old was struck once in the head. He was on life support this morning.

Another youth, also a boy, was grazed in the side by a bullet. He was treated at the scene and was not taken to the hospital.

Myers said police today were combing the area where the shooting took place, searching for leads.

There was no specific information available on those thought to be involved in the shooting. No weapon was recovered at the scene.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Brawley police Detective Greg Heath at 344-2111.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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