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Officials say Anthony Weber, of Los Angeles, was killed at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of West 107th Street, an area on the edge of South Los Angeles, prompting an angry, distraught crowd to form at the scene of the shooting.
A woman was heard screaming that her son was dead, and a man was detained for yelling and facing off with deputies. An angry crowd gathered on one side of crime scene tape, many holding cell phones and cameras to record their interactions with deputies, several of whom stood just on the other side of the tape.
Authorities say deputies were called to the area because a young man was reported pointing a handgun at a motorist. Arriving deputies said the boy had a handgun tucked into his waistband before he ran, prompting the deputies to chase after him.
According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Wally Bracks, when the boy turned toward the deputies, they fired at him.
“The subject was struck several times in the upper body by gunfire and collapsed at the location,” she said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and no gun has been found yet.
“[Police] believe that at some point somebody may have reached in and may have taken the gun,” said LA County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Chris Bergner.
At least one neighbor disputed the account that the boy fired at deputies. She said she heard so many shots in quick succession that it rattled her door.
“Weren’t nobody shooting back and forth,” neighbor Regina Banks said. “They was just shooting.”
The family of the boy said they were also angry because Anthony’s body had been left uncovered on the street for hours.
Friends confirmed that Anthony was a gang member, but he was reportedly outside Sunday night with his girlfriend.
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