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Gunfire Reported Near Andy Lopez Shooting Site In Sonoma Co.

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Gunfire was reported this afternoon southwest of Santa Rosa, not far from the field where a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy in October, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

A neighbor reported hearing gunfire on Moorland Avenue and saw three males running from the scene, Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

A deputy arrived three minutes after the 12:37 p.m. call but did not find any victims or suspects. Five deputies searched Moorland Avenue between Thistle Lane and Gio Drive but did not find anyone, Focha said.

The caller said the males were wearing blue and other color clothing and had blue bandanas covering their faces. The males were described as Hispanic juveniles between 15 and 18 years old who fled on foot toward Neville Way, Focha said.

A shell casing from a handgun was recovered on Moorland Avenue in the location where the caller heard gunfire, Focha said.

Deputies contacted several residents but no one said they saw or heard anything unusual, Focha said.

The incident occurred near where sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus fatally shot Andy Lopez on Oct. 22 while the teen walked with a pellet rifle that resembled an AK-47.

The deputy told investigators he thought the firearm was real and fired eight shots at Lopez when the boy turned toward the deputy’s patrol car.

Earlier this month, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said Gelhaus would not face criminal charges in the case.

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