California police shoot, kill 13-year-old carrying fake gun

Oct 25 2013, 02:20 IST
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SummaryMany expressed their grief by leaving candles, teddy bears, flowers at the spot where the teen was shot.

A Northern California community is anguished over the fatal police shooting of a popular, 13-year-old boy who had been carrying a replica gun that looked like an assault rifle. Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies had repeatedly asked the boy, Andy Lopez, to drop the weapon, but instead he raised it in their direction, police said at a news conference Wednesday. Only after the shooting did deputies realise the gun was a replica that looked strikingly similar to a real AK-47 assault rifle. Residents were shaken by the boy’s death. Many expressed their grief by leaving candles, teddy bears and flowers at the edge of the field where the teen was shot Tuesday afternoon. AP

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