Video shows officer opening fire in shootout that killed teenage girl

LOS ANGELES – Police body camera video released on Monday shows an officer opening fire on an assault suspect in a shootout that killed a teenager who was in the dressing room of a nearby store two days before Christmas.

Authorities said a 14-year-old girl, later identified as Valentina Orellana-Peralta, was killed, presumably by police gunfire, while standing in a locker room behind the intended target on Thursday morning in a Burlington store in North Hollywood. An unmarked wall separated her from the man who allegedly assaulted a woman with a bicycle lock before the police shot him.

A body camera and security video edited by the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday show a group of officers, including one with a rifle, walking towards where the suspect was believed to be on the second floor of the store .

“She’s bleeding, she’s bleeding,” said one of the officers as the group approached an alley. A woman is on the ground nearer to them; the suspect is at the end.

The officer with the rifle opens fire on the victim as the suspect appears to be walking away.

The suspect was also killed.

“We at LAPD wish to express our deepest condolences and our deepest regret for this innocent victim,” the police department said in the video. “There are no words to describe the depth of sadness we feel for this tragic outcome.”

Police at the scene of a fatal shooting at a Burlington store in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles on Thursday.NBC Los Angeles

The violence began when the suspect entered the store with a bicycle and a lock and attacked customers, according to the video and his police narration. At one point, he took a woman’s bag, the police department said in his description.

At the same time, dispatchers were receiving different reports of what was going on in the store, including an assault with a deadly weapon and, in the words of the police department in the video, “a possible shooting in progress”.

It was not clear if the girl was trying on clothes or hiding from the violence outside.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a dress was found in the room where her body was found.

Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump said he and his co-counsel Rahul Ravipudi were held up by the girl’s family.

In a statement, Crump said the girl was trying on clothes when she was killed. He said he and Ravipudi would hold a press conference on Tuesday.

Police Chief Michel R. Moore said in a statement: “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 youngster. daughter and I know that there are no words that can ease the unimaginable pain of the family. 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 as much information as possible.

The shooting is being investigated by the police, the state prosecutor and the state attorney general.

Hayley walker contributed.

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