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Santa Ana HS Student Critical After Being Shot Twice In Abdomen

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SANTA ANA (CBS) — A 16-year-old Santa Ana High School student was shot twice in the abdomen Friday afternoon.

Friends and family are gathered outside Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where Brandon Zamudio remains in critical condition.

The friends and family told KCAL9 and CBS2 reporter Jeff Nguyen that Zamudio is “a good kid with no gang ties.”

Cici Pinmentel said, “I just got a call saying that my cousin got shot. And I let my family know and we came to the hospital as soon as we could.”

Santa Ana police say the shooting occurred around 3 p.m. near 914 W. Walnut.

Classes were just letting out, according to officials. Zamudio was walking with a friend when an unknown assailant came up and fired at least two shots, both striking Zamudio.

The suspect was wearing a hoodie, according to KCAL9 and CBS2’s Michele Gile who was reporting from the scene. Cpl Anthony Bertagna said the suspect is also described as a stocky male Hispanic about 16 or 17. “The suspect goes past them, turns around, faces them. Shoots our victim.”

Police do not have a motive but said the victim was definitely being targeted.

Milton Partida wants the person who shot his cousin to step forward. “Whoever you are, you better show your face. Or you’re going to get the consequences because the cops are going to find you one way or another.”

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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