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Israel Edwardo Salinas, 16

Israel Salinas, identified by the coroner's office as a 16-year-old white teenager, was fatally shot Tuesday, Oct. 18, near 3rd Street and Hill Street in Downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Salinas and another 16-year-old were attending a continuation class in the afternoon when they got into a confrontation, the Los Angeles Police Department said. There was a suspected gang rivalry between the two teenagers.

The youths continued arguing outside, when Salinas was shot multiple times with a handgun in the tunnel by 3rd and Hill streets.

An on-duty LAPD officer passing by heard the gunfire and arrested the alleged shooter, who reportedly had a handgun in his waistband, said Lt. Paul Vernon, commander of the Central Division detective unit.

"Two 16-year-old lives were irreparably changed forever," Vernon told The Times.

Salinas was pronounced dead at a hospital. According to coroner's records, he died from gunshot wounds to the head, torso and leg.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to contact Central homicide Det. Thayer Lake at (213) 972-1254. Tipsters who'd like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

-- Robert J. Lopez

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