source: New York Post
published: 27 December 2021
The Los Angeles Police Department have released store and body camera footage that showed the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet while in a Burlington store dressing room.
Officials said that 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta was killed by a bullet that skipped off the floor and pierced the wall when officers shot at an armed suspect in the North Hollywood store on 23 Dec 2021.
Daniel Elena-Lopez, 24, attacked several shoppers with a heavy-duty cable lock and was wielding it when police arrived.
In the graphic, 35-minute LAPD video, blood-curdling screams could be heard from inside the dressing room area where Valentina and her mother were hiding – right behind a wall where officers fatally shot Elena-Lope.
“During a search for additional suspects and victims, officers found the girl and discovered she had been struck by gunfire and she was determined deceased at the scene,” said LAPD spokesman Capt. Stacy Spell.
“At this preliminary phase of the investigation, it is believed that the victim was struck by one of the rounds fired by an officer at the suspect. We at the LAPD would like to express our most heartfelt condolences and profound regret for the loss of this innocent victim, Valentina Orellana-Peralta. There are no words that can describe the depth of the sorrow we feel for this tragic outcome.”