Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives arrested 19-year-old male Eudiel Lopez on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM, in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Michael Soto. The homicide occurred in the 9100 block of Painter Avenue, Whittier (unincorprated), on Monday at 12:07PM.
Lopez was booked at Norwalk Sheriff’s Station for murder.
Sheriff’s K-9 handlers and deputies on scene were able to track down Lopez in the 9000 block of Painter Avenue, Whittier. A handgun was also recovered and is believed to be the murder weapon, however ballistics testing must be done to confirm this belief.
The shooting appears to be gang related.
Suspect Lopez is currently homeless, but has ties to the Whittier area.
Homicide investigators will not be releasing the booking photo of the suspect at this time.