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Autopsy: Santa Rosa boy shot 7 times

  • Anthony Lopez, older brother of Andy Lopez, is embraced by Alberta Estrada, a family friend, during a candlelight vigil Thursday for Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa, two days after the 13-year-old was shot and killed by a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy.

A veteran Sonoma County sheriff's deputy fired eight rounds at a Santa Rosa eighth-grader walking down the street with a BB gun that resembled an AK-47 assault rifle, striking the teen seven times, according to the preliminary findings from an autopsy that took place Thursday.

Two of the wounds on the body of 13-year-old Andy Lopez were fatal, Santa Rosa Police Lt. Paul Henry said in a statement.

The preliminary findings came two days after Lopez was shot Tuesday afternoon as he walked through his southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood carrying a toy gun in his left hand. The airsoft gun, which fires small plastic BBs, was designed to look like a high-powered military assault rifle.

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For the second straight evening, several hundred people marched Thursday in Santa Rosa, many holding white balloons, to demonstrate their support for the Lopez family.

Led by Lopez's father and mother, demonstrators marched almost 2 1/2 hours from a Roseland shopping center to City Hall and then back to the site on Moorland Avenue where Lopez died.

The tragic incident unfolded Tuesday afternoon when two deputies on routine patrol saw Lopez carrying what they thought was a dangerous rifle, Santa Rosa police said.

The deputies drove up behind the boy, stopped their car and ordered him to drop the weapon, Santa Rosa police said.

The veteran deputy told investigators that Lopez began turning toward him and raised the gun's barrel in his direction, Henry said.

The senior deputy mistook the BB gun for an authentic assault rifle and opened fire, Henry said. The shots were fired within 10 seconds of the deputies' first report of a suspicious person, according to a timeline released by Santa Rosa police.

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