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Suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of Unique Russell in South Los Angeles

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A memorial created for Unique Russell by family, friends, and neighborhood residents, outside of the family home.

After five months of searching, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says they’ve arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl in South Los Angeles on the Fourth of July.

A spokesperson says detectives have arrested one of two suspects tied to the shooting that killed Unique Russell while she watched fireworks on a Westmont neighborhood street. A 12-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man were also wounded in the shooting.

Detectives are supposed to announce more information later Friday. A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest, but it’s unknown whether that award will be paid out to someone.

Witnesses told investigators that they saw two men walk up to a group of people celebrating the holiday in the street on the 1300 block of 97th Street at about 10:30 p.m. They say the two men opened fire and fled the scene on foot.

Russell was one of three people killed in greater Los Angeles on July 4th. Authorities say many shootings take place on that day because noise from fireworks can muffle the sound of gunfire.

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