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Police following leads in shooting of teen at party

September 18, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Police here said today they have received a number of leads regarding Sunday's gang-style shooting in which a 16-year-old boy was shot once in the head.

Meanwhile, the youth, whose identity was unavailable, was in critical condition on life support this morning at an undisclosed San Diego hospital.

Brawley police Lt. John Myers said police were contacted by hospital officials who said the teen is expected to survive.

The shooting occurred about midnight Sunday as the boy was at a party with as many as 30 people at a house in the 1000 block of B Street.

While there were members of a Brawley gang at the party before the shooting, the teen shot is not thought to be a gang member. Police said the boy had been invited to the party by a relative.


According to police, about six members of a rival gang arrived at the party on foot and at least one person pulled a handgun and opened fire.

The 16-year-old was struck in the head and another youth was grazed on the side. That teen was treated at the scene and not taken to a hospital.

Bud Smith, principal at Brawley Union High School, confirmed the 16-year-old is a student at the school.

While Smith declined to name the boy, he did say he is a member of the school's junior varsity football team.

"He's a real good kid," Smith said, adding the teen has had "absolutely" no problems at the school.

Smith said the school's grief counseling team was activated and some students have sought the counseling in the wake of the shooting.

Myers said this morning police would be continuing the investigation today.

People with information about the case are asked to call the Police Department at 344-2111.

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

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