LANCASTER – A 13-year-old girl was shot and killed in Lancaster Tuesday afternoon and investigators are trying to locate her 18-year-old brother, who they suspect shot her.
The shooting was reported around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Aug. 13, in the bedroom of a home in the 1700 block of West Avenue J-15,” according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“The suspect, Eddie Alvirez, male Hispanic (18), was in a bedroom which he shares with his two female Hispanic sisters. Alvirez was in possession of a handgun that he pointed at one of his sisters and shot. He fled the location on foot with the handgun,” the sheriff’s news release states.
Alvirez is reportedly a gang member, sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Biddle told NBC4.
Alvirez is Hispanic, 5 feet 4, 110 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray or black shorts and Jordan- brand shoes, the sheriff’s department said.
Anyone with information about the shooting or the whereabouts of Alvirez is encouraged to call sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Detectives F. Hardiman or M. Haggerty at 323-890-5500.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as Marlena Virginia Alvirez, 13, of Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.