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Autopsy: Kendrec McDade shot point-blank, struck by 7 bullets then handcuffed

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In this undated family photo, Kendrec McDade, then a high school student, is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching toward his waistband, according to police.

The L.A. County Coroner's Office autopsy report released Friday reveals that 19-year-old Kendrec McDade was shot at point-blank range by one Pasadena police officer and struck by a total of seven bullets, then handcuffed.

The sequence of events seemed to start when the officer behind the wheel of a cruiser fired four times at McDade through an open window. His partner, who was on foot, fired another four rounds, believing there was a gunfight in progress. 

McDade was then handcuffed on the ground. 

Paramedics were called to the scene immediately following the March 24 shooting, the report shows.

McDade was described as alert and "combative" before arriving at Huntington Memorial Hospital.

He died approximately 90 minutes later.

The autopsy report says three of the seven wounds, two to McDade’s abdomen and one to his right arm, were fatal.

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Teen admits involvement in Kendrec McDade shooting

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In this undated family photo, Kendrec McDade, then a high school student, is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching toward his waistband, according to police.

A 17-year-old boy has admitted to his involvement in the burglary and theft that led to the fatal police shooting of unarmed 19-year-old Kendrec McDade in March by Pasadena police

The teen appeared in Pasadena Juvenile Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to six months in a camp community placement probation program. He faced two felony counts of commercial burglary, one felony count of grand theft, and one misdemeanor count of failing to register as a gang member, according to Deputy District Attorney Anna Phillips.

Because of his age, the name of the minor was not released. The prosecution dropped its initial request for a hearing to determine if the boy would be tried as a juvenile.

McDade was shot by Pasadena police during a pursuit after a laptop was allegedly stolen from a car at Arturo’s Tacos. The owner of the car called authorities saying he was robbed at gunpoint by two men. Officers, reportedly believing McDade was armed, opened fire when he made a motion to his waistband.

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Police answer community questions about Kendrec McDade shooting

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At the New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez answered community questions about the Kendrec McDade police shooting.

The story of the unarmed, black 19-year old who was recently shot and killed by two, white Pasadena police officers has caused tension and made national headlines. 

Kendrec McDade was fatally shot by Pasadena police on March 24th, after a man called 911 to report he had been robbed by a pair of gunmen.

When two officers came across McDade near the scene and believed he was reaching for a gun, they opened fire. But no weapon was found on McDade. 

The 911 caller, whose backpack had been stolen from him, later admitted he lied about the guns in order to get a more urgent police response. 

One week later, many questions remained unanswered so Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez met with a group of community members at the New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church. 

People wrote questions on index cards and passed them forward for a moderator to read aloud. The Chief answered questions for about 45 minutes. But some of them, like this one, were not fully answered.

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Pasadena police held private meeting with NAACP and clergy over McDade shooting

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Law enforcement, clergy members, and the head of the Pasadena NAACP held a private meeting Tuesday to discuss the police shooting of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade, says the Pasadena Star News.

The popular football star from Azusa High was shot and killed by two Pasadena police officers on Saturday night following a foot pursuit. Officers said McDade reached for his waistband, prompting fears that he had a gun. No weapon has been found.

Prior to the shooting, McDade and a suspected teenage accomplice were allegedly involved in the attempted robbery of a taco truck patron. 

The robbery victim, who pursued the pair on foot, called police and reported that one of the men was armed with a handgun.

The pair split up while running, and the teen was apprehended later that evening and arrested on suspicion of murder.

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