RIALTO (CBSLA) — Police are investigating after they say a fight between juveniles turned deadly on Wednesday, resulting in the death of a young father.
Rialto police were called to the scene of Sycamore and Randall avenues shortly before 3 p.m., after the fight broke out.
Witnesses told police five teenagers began fighting in front of stunned classmates shortly after school let out. That’s when police say the suspect pulled out a handgun and opened fire.
Fifteen-year-old Davonte Washington, a new father, died at the scene.
Two other teens, one a teenage girl believed to be a bystander, were shot and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Students from a local high school were gathered near the scene with their parents as they paid their respects and loved ones grieved Wednesday.
CBS2/KCAL9’s Nicole Comstock spoke with a cousin of one of the victims. She said they are all 15-16 years old, grew up together and consider each other family.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said her cousin was shot in the back during the exchange and needs surgery.
“Because he could be paralyzed,” she said.
Police were still looking for the shooting suspect at the time of this report. Police describe him as a 15 or 16-year-old male wearing a red sweater. They are also looking for another teen involved in the altercation they say fled the scene.
Rialto police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rialto police at (909) 820-2550.