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UPDATED: Suspect Identified, Charged in Murder of Teen

Reda Safieddine of Fountain Valley was booked on suspicion of murder in the shooting of a 17-year-old Santa Ana teen Monday at the 7-Eleven on Harbor Blvd.

Updated 8/15: The victim has been identified as Valle Valeriano of Santa Ana. Safieddine is being held at Orange County Jail on $1 million bail.

An 18-year-old Fountain Valley man was arrested Monday evening in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy outside of a 7-Eleven in Fountain Valley.

Reda Safieddine was taken into custody immediately after the shooting, interviewed by Fountain Valley Police Department detectives and booked on suspicion of murder, according to police Sgt. Kurt Ulrich.

The incident occurred at about 1:21 p.m. Monday when the FVPD received a call of a fight in progress at the 7-Eleven store parking lot on 16475 Harbor Boulevard. When officers arrived they observed a 17-year-old lying down in the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound to his neck. 

Fountain Valley Fire Department responded to the scene to treat the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Ulrich declined to identify the victim because he was a minor other than to say he was a 17-year-old male Hispanic from Santa Ana.

A firearm was recovered at the scene. Sgt. Ulrich said there were some witnesses, but wasn’t sure how many.

Sgt. Ulrich confirmed that Safieddine and the 17-year-old knew each other and that an argument took place between the two prior to the shooting.

Safieddine currently is being held at the Orange County Jail.

Authorities ask that anyone who witnessed or has information about the incident, contact the Fountain Valley Police Department Investigation Bureau at (714) 593-4484 or Detective Dave Steele at (714) 593-4465.

amber vaipulu September 12, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Used from sunburst youth academy I never knew Valle but he was considered family all I got to say is God will due ur debt! For killing an innocent young guy=(

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