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Teen Turns Himself In After Allegedly Shooting His 13-Year-Old Sister

Eddie Alvirez allegedly fatally shot his sister in the bedroom that they both shared, but it's not clear if the shooting was intentional or accidental.

By Gina Tron
Eddie Alvirez

Not long after the authorities in California announced they were looking for an 18-year-old suspect accused of shooting his own kid sister to death, he turned himself in.

Eddie Alvirez allegedly shot and killed his 13-year-old sister early Tuesday evening before fleeing on foot, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The shooting happened in a bedroom at the family’s home in Lancaster, which is located about 72 miles north of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The child was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“She was very loving, happy, smart. Just very outgoing, loved life and, well, she was just taken too fast,” Vanessa Zamora, Alvirez's aunt told KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

Zamora said she believes the fatal shooting was an accident.

Investigators announced on Facebook they were searching for Alvirez  during the wee hours of Wednesday. By Wednesday afternoon, he had turned himself in to the authorities at a police station in Lancaster.

It’s not clear if Alvirez has been charged with any crime. Investigators are looking into whether or not the shooting was intentional or if it was an accidental discharge. The two siblings shared a bedroom, according to the Associated Press. It’s not clear what prompted the shooting.

"He was in possession of a handgun in the bedroom, and at one point, he pointed a handgun at one of his sisters, and his sister was shot," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Richard Biddle told the Morning Call.

It’s not clear if Alvirez has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.