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Gabriel Shea Carlos, 16

Gabriel Shea Carlos, a 16-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Friday, June 2, in the 400 block of Shrode Avenue outside Duarte in the San Gabriel Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Deputies were called to the residential area in Mayflower Village around 1:30 a.m. after gunshots were heard. When they arrived, they saw the teen lying in a driveway two houses away from the home of his grandmother and father, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza. 

The teen, who went by his middle name, lived in Arcadia but often visited family on Shrode Avenue, Mendoza said. His family didn’t realize he was in the neighborhood that evening, though, the lieutenant said. 

Shea was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:40 a.m., according to coroner’s records. He had at least one gunshot wound in his torso, Mendoza said.

Shea’s longtime friend Michael Shane told CBS2 News that the two had gone to a party that night, and when they left, Shea said he needed to go by a house on his grandmother’s street “to pick something up.”

When Shea didn’t come out of the house, Michael called his sister, Amber Shane, who arranged for a taxi to bring him home. Later, when he learned that Shea had been shot, Michael said he realized that the “fireworks” he heard that night could have been the gunshots that killed his friend.

Mendoza said investigators don’t have a motive for the shooting or any suspects. They don’t think the incident was gang-related, he said.

Shea had been attending Duarte High School but recently had transferred to Mount Olive Alternative Education school in Duarte, Michael’s sister, Amber, told CBS2. She said he’d also gotten his first job two weeks earlier. “He was in the process of bettering himself,” she said.

Michael said he’d known Shea since they were both in kindergarten and thought of him as a brother. 

“He was a good kid,” Michael said. “He got mixed up with some bad stuff, but other than that, he was a great person.”

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.  

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