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News Release

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Media Relations

14-Year-Old Girl Left in Critical Condition after Being Shot in the Face NA12268rf

A news conference to seek out public help to assist detectives investigating the shooting of a 14-year-old girl

December 12, 2012
11 a.m.

LAPD Newton Community Police Station
3400 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles 90011

LAPD Newton Area Commanding Officer Captain Jorge Rodriguez
LAPD Newton Area Patrol Captain Edward Prokop
LAPD Investigating Detectives
Family Members of Victim

To help locate and apprehend those responsible for the brutal, senseless shooting of 14-year-old Jessica Garcia who was attacked on Dec. 9 earlier this month about 1:20 a.m. as she walked on Vernon Avenue near Hooper Avenue with a group of friends.  Garcia remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

The 18- to 25-year-old suspect is described as a Hispanic male with black or dark-brown hair.  He stands 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt with dark pants.

Witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident are urged to contact Newton Division Homicide Detective Richard Arciniega at 323-846-6556 or Detective Eric Spear at 323-846-6579. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”

For more information, please contact LAPD Media Relations at 213-486-5910.