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Christopher Paul Bishop, 18

Christopher Bishop, an 18-year-old Latino, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, after he was shot in the 10900 block of Alondra Boulevard in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Bishop and his father were shopping inside a 7-Eleven store about 4:35 p.m. when he was confronted by a group of young men, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Victor Lewandowski.

“We believe they were gang members,” Lewandowski said of the men. 

Bishop ran out of the store and was chased by the men, one of whom pulled a gun and shot him multiple times in the parking lot, Lewandowski said. 

The gunman ran from the scene, Lewandowski said, and witnesses also reported seeing a white Lexus leaving the scene. 

Bishop was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:11 p.m., according to coroner’s records. His father was not injured, investigators said.

Homicide Det. Theo Baljet said Bishop lived with his mother in another part of Southern California outside of Los Angeles County and came to visit his father every couple of weekends. Bishop was involved in another gang where his mother lived, Baljet said, and investigators believe the men who confronted him were members of a rival gang. 

Baljet said investigators used surveillance camera footage to trace the owner of the Lexus, who was arrested on suspicion of murder Feb. 25. A 22-year-old Latino was released two days later, after the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file charges against him, Baljet said. 

Investigators are still searching for the shooter, who witnesses described as a Latino in his late teens or early 20s, Baljet said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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