Valentina Orellana-Peralta, 14, was identified as the victim fatally shot by Los Angeles police in the dressing room of a North Hollywood retailer last week.
The L.A. County Medical Examiner’s Office told CNN Monday that the teen died of a gunshot wound and listed the manner of death as homicide on her death certificate.
Orellana-Peralta was reportedly shopping for a dress at the Burlington on Victory Blvd. on Thursday when police responded to a call about a “possible shooting in progress” at the store. Officers shot and killed a suspect upon arrival, but a stray bullet traveled through the wall behind him and into the dressing room, striking the 14-year-old in the chest.
She was declared dead at the scene, authorities said.
LAPD said last week that it would release bodycam footage and other communications from the incident sometime Monday. The deadly shooting remains under investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office, reports added.
Valentina Orellana-Peralta Killed in Dressing Room
Los Angeles police have said they received a call about an assault with a deadly weapon at the North Hollywood Burlington just before noon on Thursday. On the way to the scene, officers said they received “multiple” calls about a “possible shooting in progress” at the store, and shoppers were reportedly sheltering in place when authorities arrived.
There, police said they found a woman bleeding and badly injured on the floor. Just a few feet away stood the man suspected of the assault, who authorities shot and killed, according to the LAPD’s statement.
The suspect, later identified as Daniel Elena Lopez, was reportedly armed with a “metal cable lock,” but no gun was recovered from the scene. His alleged victim was taken to a nearby hospital with wounds to her head and arms. Her identity has not been released, and her condition as of Monday is not known.
After the suspect was shot, officers said they found a bullet hole in the wall behind him. On the other side of the wall was a dressing room, where police found 14-year-old Orgellana-Peralta dead from a gunshot wound to her chest.
LAPD to Release Evidence
LAPD Assistant Chief Dominic Choi said last week that police fired the shot that killed the 14-year-old.
“Preliminary, we believe that round was an officer’s round,” he said in a press conference Thursday.
L.A. Police chief Michel Moore said his department will release 911 calls, police radio communications, and bodycam footage from the deadly incident on Monday.
“This chaotic incident resulting in the death of an innocent child is tragic and devastating for everyone involved,” the chief said last week, just hours after the shooting.
“I am profoundly sorry for the loss of this young girl’s life and I know there are no words that can relieve the unimaginable pain for the family,” he continued, adding that there will be a “thorough, complete and transparent investigation.”
A spokesman for the L.A. police union told the The New York Times that the officer who shot and killed Orgellana-Peralta has been placed on paid administrative leave while the department investigates, as is standard practice. The officer has not been named.
After the LAPD concludes its investigation, a civilian body will review its findings and make a suggestion, per city statute.
A state law passed only months ago requires the California Justice Department conduct its own review of the killing. Attorney General Rob Bonta confirmed his office has already launched its own probe.