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Wednesday, Apr 24 2002
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Mark Garcia

TIME: 4:20 p.m. LOCATION: Intersection of 107th Street and Burin Avenue, Lennox

Sheriff's deputies chased a carload of suspects fleeing a looted jewelry store near 110th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard. When the getaway car crashed, the suspects ran a short distance and exchanged gunfire with deputies. Garcia, who had followed in another car, joined the chase. The 15-year-old Mexican-American was shot in the chest. A gunshot-residue test showed that Garcia had not held a weapon, the shooting was ruled justifiable.

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