Ex-con arrested in connection with the Echo Park child killing

The LAPD early this morning said it had arrested suspected gang member Howard Astorga in connection with the shooting death of four-year-old Roberto Lopez in the southern edge of Echo Park, reports the Associated Press. Astorga was recently released from prison after serving time on firearms, narcotics and other violations.

The Eastsider reported Thursday night that police had detained one suspect and that residents had heard of several male and female suspects being arrested. Police said this morning that others might be arrested in the case but did not offer any details in the shooting death, the fourth involving an Echo Park youngster in about two years.

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