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Teen-Ager Dies in Gang-Related Drive-By Shooting

September 05, 1993

SANTA ANA — A 15-year-old was killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting Friday night, police said.

The victim, whom police refused to identify, and two friends were crossing North French Street at 15th Street about 8:30 p.m. when gunfire erupted from a large vehicle that had slowed near the corner, Sgt. Dick Faust said.

Police believe the suspect fired four or five shots, one a fatal blast to the teen-ager's chest. The vehicle, which police believe was occupied by two men, was driven away from the scene.

The victim was believed to be a gang member and his name was being withheld to prevent retaliatory action from rivals, police said. The youth died at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana about an hour after he was shot.

The incident is under investigation, and anyone with information should call the Santa Ana gang unit at (714) 647-5165.

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