Saturday, June 25

Los Angeles police release video of the shooting in which a 14-year-old girl died in a store


(CNN) — The Los Angeles Police Department released an edited package of surveillance camera footage and body camera videos from its officers on Monday showing the events that led to the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl following the shooting of an officer. who opened fire on a suspect last week.

Surveillance video shows the 24-year-old suspect, Daniel Elena-Lopez, entering the Burlington Coat Factory store in North Hollywood with his bicycle wearing a tank top and shorts. He takes his bike up the escalators.

Moments later, he’s back on the escalator in a multi-colored jacket and long pants, and then brandishes his bike lock at some customers. He is seen attacking several clients.

Multiple body camera videos released by police show a woman on the ground covered in blood as officers arrive and attempt to find the suspect, who, according to a police statement on Friday, was within walking distance.

In body camera recordings, an officer can be heard firing three bullets at the suspect, who subsequently falls to the ground.

Valentina Orellana-Peralta, 14, was in a locker room with her mother when a bullet aimed at the suspect went through the wall, hitting the teenager. Valentina died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to coroner records.

The police department also released three 911 calls and radio broadcasts of the shooting.
Police were called to the scene following numerous reports of an assault with a deadly weapon and a possible ongoing shooting at the store.

One of the calls is from a store clerk telling the operator that there is a “hostile customer in my store attacking customers” and “breaking things.”

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While on the phone with the operator, he is also heard repeatedly yelling at people to evacuate the store. She explains to the operator that the suspect is using a bicycle lock to attack people. Police Captain Stacy Spell explains in the video that the shooting is still in its early stages of investigation. The incident will also be reviewed by representatives from the California Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s Office and the Inspector General’s Office, according to Spell.

The suspect died at the scene. A steel or metal cable lock was found near his body, authorities said. No firearm was recovered at the scene.

The victim was taken to a hospital with head and arm injuries. Police do not believe the woman knew the suspect.

A Los Angeles police official familiar with the investigation told CNN’s Paul Vercammen that they were “aware of reports that a witness said the girl was trying on a quinceañera dress with her mother. We are looking into this as part of it. of our research. “

The officer who fired the fatal shots is on “paid administrative leave, per department protocols for shootings involving officers, for at least two weeks,” the official told CNN.

Valentina’s parents are scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday to demand transparency from the police, while their lawyers are expected to discuss developments in the case.

CNN’s Josh Campbell, Eric Levenson, Steve Almasy and Andy Rose contributed to this report.


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