Police disperse crowd at Chicano Park after 18-year-old’s death

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Latest: Teen slain near Chicano Park identified

SAN DIEGO — An 18-year-old died following a report of a shooting at Chicano Park Monday night and officers with riot gear cleared the area after someone threw rocks and bottles at responding officers, according to police.

The San Diego Police Department said dispatchers got a report at 10:08 p.m. Monday about a possible shooting at 2000 National Avenue, adjacent to Chicano Park.

Responding officers found a group loading a 18-year-old with trauma to his upper body into a vehicle but it wasn’t immediately clear if he had been shot or stabbed, Officer John Buttle told City News Service.

SDPD said fire rescue took the unnamed 18-year-old to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

While officers were at the park, a large group of people began to gather and some members of the crowd reportedly threw rocks and bottles at officers, according to Buttle.

Sideo.TV video showed officers with helmets and riot gear who were called in to clear the park. No injuries were reported, and there were no reports of arrests.

Investigators are now trying to locate witnesses in the 18-year-old’s death. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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