A 13-year-old shot by police occurred Tuesday afternoon in Santa Rosa, Calif. Police shot at the boy when they believed the pellet gun he was carrying was an assault rifle, ABC News reports Oct. 24.
Andy Lopez was shot seven times, according to a preliminary autopsy report. The findings showed that two fatal injuries from the bullets were located in his right hip and the right side of his chest. Dinal autopsy results of the 13-year-old shot by police won't be available for about six weeks.
A deputy with the Sonoma County sheriff ordered the boy twice to put down the gun, but he allegedly ignored him and pointed the gun in his direction.
"The deputy's mindset was that he was fearful that he was going to be shot," said Santa Rosa police Lt. Paul Henry.
The deputy thought the pellet gun resembled an AK-47 assault rifle, the report said. It had a black body and ammunition magazine with a brown butt and grip. It was a masterful replica, it turned out.
Two deputies were in marked police cars when they saw Andy in a hooded sweatshirts and shorts at about 3:14 p.m. Tuesday. At the time, his back was to them and they didn't realize he was as young as he was. They soon noticed the gun he had in his left hand and dived for cover behind one of the vehicle's doors. Andy was between 20 and 30 feet away from the police. When he refused to put down the gun, police say the barrel of the gun was raised, turned in their direction. One of the deputies shot the 13-year-old boy several times with one of those shots hitting him at least once. Andy was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.
It's believed that eight rounds total were fired at the boy.
Hundreds in the community are protesting the 13-year-old being shot with marches and chants.
"We need justice," the protesters are saying.
An aggressive investigation continues into why the 13-year-old was shot by police.