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Miguel Alejandro Martinez, 19

Miguel Martinez, a 19-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Wednesday, June 20, in the 1500 block of South 6th Avenue in Arlington Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

The shooting was reported shortly after noon near the intersection of 6th Avenue and West Pico Boulevard, according to LAPD spokesman Bruce Borihahn.

Wilshire Division patrol officers responded to a "shots heard" call. When they arrived, they found Martinez and Daniel Regalado, an 18-year-old Latino, suffering from gunshot wounds, Borihahn said.

The two were taken to a hospital, where they later died.

Alberto Mejia, an 18-year-old Latino, was arrested in connection with the deaths at a residence near 6th Avenue and 15th Street, hours after the shooting, police said.

Mejia is being held without bail at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 3 at Los Angeles Municipal Court.

Police said the shootings appear to be the result of a running gun battle between gang members, but the investigation is ongoing. The victims were described by police as bystanders.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Los Angeles Times

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