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Carlos Rodriguez, 17

Carlos Rodriguez, a 17-year-old Latino, was shot in the head on the corner of California Avenue and Duane Way in South Gate on Sunday, Feb. 21 and died the following day, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Rodriguez was driving with a group of friends shortly after 12:30 a.m. when a car pulled up and an assailant fired at them, said Det. Phil Guzman of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau. Rodriguez was driving the car at the time. After he was shot, Guzman said the vehicle crashed and, at that point, one of his passengers took over the car and drove Rodriguez to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.

Rodriguez was admitted and placed on life support. He was pronounced brain dead Feb. 22 at 3:40 p.m., Guzman said.

Another passenger in the car was also wounded in the shooting and was treated and released from a hospital, Guzman said.

On Feb. 24, authorities arrested Alfredo Escobedo, a 21-year-old Latino, in connection with the attack. Escobedo has been charged with one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a firearm. He was scheduled to be arraigned at the Downey Municipal Court on Feb. 26, however the case was continued to March 23, said a spokesman from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

According to County Jail records, Escobedo is being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call the South Gate Police Department or Det. Guzman at (323) 890-5500.

--Sarah Ardalani

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