Authorities are searching for 18-year-old Eddie Alvirez, who is suspected of fatally shooting his younger sister in Lancaster Tuesday evening.
Deputies were initially sent to a home in the 1700 block of West Avenue J-15 at about 5:30 p.m. after receiving a call that a girl had been shot with a BB gun, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release stated.
The 13-year-old victim was taken to the Antelope Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, a deputy told KTLA.
Deputies arriving at the home discovered that Eddie Alvirez had been in possession of a handgun and was in a bedroom which he shares with his two sisters, according to the news release.
Eddie Alvirez then allegedly pointed the gun at one of his sisters and a shot was fired.
It was unclear if the shot was fired intentionally or on accident.
Eddie Alvirez fled the scene following the shooting and is still outstanding. He was initially considered to be a person of interest in the shooting, but authorities are now calling him a suspect.
Officials warned that the gun used in the shooting was not located at the residence and still may be in his possession.
Eddie Alvirez was described as a male Hispanic standing 5 feet, 4 inches, tall and weighing about 110 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with further information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.