Few details released in Valinda shooting death

VALINDA — Officials released little information Sunday about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a teenaged boy who was not expected to survive.
Conflicting reports have surfaced as to whether the unidentified teenager was playing a game of Russian roulette when he was shot.
Authorities have not been able to confirm that, and said Sunday they believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
The shooting was reported about 4:30 p.m. Friday in the 15700 block of Fairgrove Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Bill Brauberger said.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Russell Boucher said officials were not seeking any suspects.
Neighbor Gabriela Mendiola, 34, said the wounded boy was 17. She said he was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot at a party late last year.
“He seemed like a really nice kid,” Mendiola said.
The teenager was listed as “death imminent” at a local hospital following the shooting, Brauberger said. Authorities could not provide an update on his condition Sunday.

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