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Dale Lee Soto Jr., 16

Dale Soto Jr., a 16-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Tuesday, May 24, in the 900 block of West Basin Street in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

According to the Daily Breeze, Soto went to the home of his friend Joseph Michael Hecker, an 18-year-old white man, about 3 p.m.

Hecker answered the door with a shotgun and fired, officials said.

Soto was taken to a hospital in Torrance, where he died at 3:38 p.m.

Shortly after the shooting, Hecker was arrested on suspicion of murder.

"He made statements saying it was an accident," Los Angeles police Det. Lou Paglialonga said. "The investigation is ongoing."

Authorities said there was "no indication the shooting was part of a bigger crime or gang-related."

Anyone with additional details about the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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