PALMDALE – Authorities have identified the teenager who was fatally shot in Palmdale Wednesday night.
He was 17-year-old Kristopher Baca of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
The shooting was reported around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, on the 38600 block of 11th Street East, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies responded to a shots-fired call and found Baca in a driveway suffering from gunshot wounds, sheriff’s officials said.
Baca was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation, and no further information was immediately released.
Anyone with information on this fatal shooting is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
UPDATE: According to various media reports, Baca was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Venice on Aug. 6, 2021, near Speedway and Galleon streets. Video from the crash showed a car striking a woman who was pushing an 8-month-old child in a stroller. The mother was thrown over the hood of the car. Both she and the child survived.
The motorist who struck them kept driving but was chased down by onlookers. He was 15 at the time, but police said he was under the influence of drugs. The case gained some attention when prosecutors sought only a short sentence for the teen — who was already on probation — at a juvenile probation camp. The woman who was struck told Fox11 on Friday, Jan. 20, that she was saddened by the news of his death.
“The universe delivered the justice we weren’t given in court, but a much harsher punishment than he’d have been dealt in a court of law,” the woman said.
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