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The Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy named Jesse Romero after responding to a report of vandalism.

Reportedly, the shooting occurred Tuesday in Boyle Heights, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles that police say is still home to nearly three dozen gangs.

According to Deputy Chief Robert Arcos, “The tragedy of this event cannot be understated.” As per a report in Fusion.net, Deputy Chief said “This event underscores the need for youth programs and outreach which provide opportunities and alternatives for the youth of our communities.”

Arcos did not say if the slain teenager or a second detained youth were gang members.

One was quickly detained, and the other ran a couple of blocks before firing at officers chasing him, police said, citing an unnamed witness.

At a news conference Wednesday, police displayed a photo of a loaded, long-barreled revolver they say the youth was carrying when he was shot.

Both officers were wearing body cameras. Arcos said the video was being processed and would be reviewed by investigators. It was not immediately released.