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El Camino Real High School soccer player a victim of 'targeted' killing

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Witnesses say a teenage girl is responsible for the fatal shooting of an El Camino Real High School soccer player that occurred Wednesday night outside the victim's home in Winnetka, according to AP.

17-year-old Francisco Javier Rodriguez Jr. received a knock at the door around 6:10 p.m. and walked outside where he was shot three times by a teenage girl, say witnesses. 

The killing was not a random act, according to investigators, though no possible motive or official suspect description has been released.

"This was not a random shooting. This was definitely targeted toward a specific individual," said LAPD Det. Dave Peteque, reports KTLA.

Rodriguez, who went by the nickname "Pancho," was a varsity soccer team goalkeeper, and had just returned home from a game against Taft High School. The match ended in a tie, and no altercations were reported by students.

Grief counselors are available for classmates, teammates and friends of the popular student who many admired. “I wanted to be just like him. A bunch of people did,” said a 14-year-old teammate, reports the LA Times.