LAPD officer, whose stray bullet killed a 14-year-old girl, is placed on leave   


The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer who opened fire on an assault suspect inside a Burlington Coat Factory on Thursday has been placed on leave after a stray bullet killed a 14-year-old girl. 

The teen, Valentina Orellana Peralta, was shopping for a quinceañera dress with her mother at the store in North Hollywood before noon when an officer confronted Daniel Elena Lopez, 24. 

Lopez had allegedly assaulted a woman with a bike lock inside the store, and the unnamed officer shot him when the suspect was reportedly moving to attack another shopper. 

Peralta had been hiding inside the store’s dressing room with her mom when one of the bullets fired at Lopez, killing him, went through the wall and killed her, as well. 

The shooting is being investigated by the California Department of Justice under Attorney General Rob Bonta.  

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