Los Angeles police released the Burlington shooting video Monday, showing the brief encounter with an assault suspect at a clothing store that ended with the death of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who was killed by a stray bullet while hiding in a dressing room.
The graphic bodycam footage shows LAPD officers storming the North Hollywood Burlington store where they received reports of an assault in progress on Dec. 23.
Police are seen finding and shooting the suspect, later identified as Daniel Elena-Lopez, who was declared dead at the scene. The clip shows Elena-Lopez standing just in front of the dressing room area, where Orellana-Peralta was hiding when she was fatally shot.
LAPD Releases Burlington Shooting Video
The chilling video was released late Monday, and includes more than 35 minutes of footage culled from body-worn police cameras and store surveillance cameras.
In the video from the store, Elena-Lopez is seen entering the North Hollywood Burlington store at around 11:30 a.m. last Thursday, wielding a bike lock as a melee weapon and swinging it at customers, seemingly randomly.
The police bodycam footage shows an officer, armed with a rifle, lead the charge into the Burlington store. He comes across a woman on the floor who appears to be bleeding, before seeing Elena-Lopez just a few feet away, bike lock still in hand.
The officer is seen firing his rifle at Elena-Lopez, who is standing in front of the dressing room area, at least three times. The suspect falls to the floor and police converge on him.
At the same time, panicked screams are heard from the changing rooms, where 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta had just been shot in the chest.
Police have said officers didn’t discover the girl until after Elena-Lopez had been shot and officers were searching the store for more suspects. Authorities believe a bullet fired at Elena-Lopez ricocheted off the floor and traveled through the drywall into the dressing room.
LAPD is conducting an internal investigation, and a civilian board will review its findings when the probe concludes. The California Department of Justice is also investigating the deadly shooting, as required in all cases of police killings under state law.
The officer who fired the shots that killed Orellana-Peralta — the same one whose bodycam footage is now a matter of public record — has reportedly been placed on paid administrative leave. His name has not been released.
Family of Valentina Orellana-Peralta Devastated
Orellana-Peralta’s loved ones told reporters that the teen and her mother were at the Burlington store shopping for dresses when Elena-Lopez began his alleged spree with the bike lock.
They said she and her mother were in the dressing room hiding, praying and holding one another while the attack played out.
The family reportedly moved to California from Chile only a few months ago.
“The girl’s American dream has been taken from her,” said her uncle, Rodrigo Orellana. “Everyone fled to the dressing rooms and, unfortunately, the bullet found her. [LAPD is] supposed to be the best police department in the world and they shot her.”
The 14-year-old’s cousins set up a GoFundMe page to help offset “travel costs and burdens, funeral costs, potentially legal expenses and other kinds of incidentals” on Monday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the page raised $27,000 of its $30,000 goal.
“[O]ur hearts ache at the senselessness of her death,” her loved ones wrote.
“There is no amount of money that can bring our Valentina back, or to comfort her grieving mother, father and older sister, but we want her immediate family to be relieved from any financial restraints that might make this mourning process even harder.”