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Metro Digest / Local News in Brief

Boy Kills Friend, 13, in Russian Roulette

May 24, 1989

A 14-year-old boy shot a 13-year-old friend to death in a game of Russian roulette Tuesday in Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported.

Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall, died instantly when he was hit by a single round from a large-caliber handgun, Sheriff's Sgt. Birl Adams said. The gun belonged to the 14-year-old's father, Adams said.

The boy, whose identity was not revealed because of his age, was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall and held on suspicion of murder.

"They were playing a version of Russian roulette," said Deputy Val Mosley. "The difference was, they were pointing the loaded gun at each other instead of at themselves, and the 13-year-old happened to be the unlucky one."

The boys were in the living room of an apartment where the 14-year-old lives with his parents when the shooting occurred at about 12:30 p.m., Adams said.

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