Los Angeles police officers (LAPD) shot and killed a 14-year-old girl on Thursday when they opened fire on an assault suspect in a crowded department store.
Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who was at the store shopping for her Quinceanera dress with her mother, was found deceased in a dressing room.
LAPD believes she was struck by a stray bullet that passed through the dressing room wall.
The shooting took place around 11:45 a.m. at a Burlington store in North Hollywood when officers opened fire on a suspect who assaulted a woman earlier.
The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was not armed with a gun so it is unclear why police felt the need to use deadly force.
Police killed the suspect, but one of the bullets went through the drywall behind him striking Valentina.
Police Chief Michel Moore said in a statement:
This chaotic incident resulting in the death of an innocent child is tragic and devastating for everyone involved.
I am profoundly sorry for the loss of this young girl’s life and I know there are no words that can relieve the unimaginable pain for the family.
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There is no excuse for the actions of the LAPD.
The officers involved should be charged with manslaughter.
My sincerest prayers to the Peralta family. I can’t fathom such a senseless and devastating loss.
Source: CBS 2 /KCAL 9