19-year-old suspect jailed in shooting death of 17-year-old boy near Whittier

On Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives arrested 19-year-old, male Hispanic, Eudiel Lopez in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Michael Soto which occurred in the 9100 block of Painter Avenue, Whittier, yesterday afternoon. Lopez was booked at Norwalk Sheriff’s Station for murder. 
Sheriff’s K-9 handlers and deputies on scene were able to track down Lopez in the 9000 block of Painter Avenue, Whittier. A handgun was also recovered and is believed to be the murder weapon, however ballistics testing must be done to confirm this belief. 
The shooting appears to be gang related. 
Suspect Lopez is currently homeless, but has ties to the Whittier area. 
Homicide Bureau will not be releasing the booking photo of the suspect at this time. 
There is no other information. 

– From sheriff’s press release
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