LANCASTER (CBSLA) — An 18-year-old man was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in connection with the shooting death of his teen sister in a residential neighborhood in Lancaster on Tuesday evening.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the girl was fatally shot around 5:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of West Avenue J15.
Police said the girl’s brother, Eddie Alvirez, was named the suspect in the homicide investigation. Police said he fled the scene on foot following the shooting.
Alvirez was reportedly taken into custody Wednesday at about 2 p.m. when he turned himself into police in Lancaster.
The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital by her uncle where she was pronounced dead.
The sheriff’s department said the girl shared a room with Alvirez and another sister, but it was not immediately clear what led up to the fatal shooting. The girl’s mother and grandmother also reside in the home. Police said the grandmother was home at the time of the shooting.
According to an official with the sheriff’s department, the family believes Alvirez is a gang member.
LASD said the investigation was ongoing.