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Teen pronounced dead in drive-by shooting

OCEANSIDE — A 17-year-old gang member was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting on July 9 near Joe Balderrama Park and police are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspect.
The attack is believed to be gang-related, police said. The teenage victim was a documented gang member, according to the Oceanside Police Department.
Police responded to calls for shots heard in the area of Joe Balderram Park’s tennis courts, and the juvenile was found on the ground near the tennis courts at the 1400 block of Bush Street.
He was transported to Scripps Trauma Center at shortly after 2 a.m., and was pronounced dead at 7:29 a.m., according to police.
A witness reported to police that shots came from a white sedan that was headed eastbound at the 1400 block of Bush Street.
The last location that vehicle was seen was headed northbound on San Diego Street, said Lt. Leonard Mata of the Oceanside Police Department.
Whether or not the suspect was the only occupant in the vehicle was not yet determined at the time of the news release. The victim’s name had also not yet been released.
Investigators canvassed the area for evidence and witnesses, and have a tip line set up that anyone with any information can call at (760) 435-4910.


Bongo Party July 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm


Vincent441 July 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm

black is as black does

Terribly Tragic July 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I would ask the comments to be a little more respectful of the fact that a child has been killed and we don’t actually know the facts about the victim or families involved. I want to express my condolences to all who have been victims, family members of vicitims or friends of people who have been impacted by violence. The idea that this sad situation, or any other about the death a another person warants snide remarks is in very bad taste.

Eric Murtaugh July 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

Terribly Tragic,
I agree with you, and have removed the offensive comments from our site. Folks, please be respectful with your comments. Terribly Tragic is absolutely correct in saying that a child has been killed. Hurtful comments are indeed in very bad taste.
Eric Murtaugh
The Editor

oside July 15, 2011 at 1:25 am

Rest IN Peace homie. john u were da homie its sucks you had to leave early ill se you soon homeboy

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