An Oceanside family is devastated after a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot early Sunday morning.
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Oceanside police officers responded just before 2 a.m. to a report of shots fired with a person down in the 400 block of Grant Street, near Division Street, according to Oceanside police Lt. Joe Young. Officers arrived to find the teen with a gunshot wound, Young said.
The victim, identified as 17-year-old Antonio Carachuri-Perez, was treated at the scene and then was airlifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds, Young said.
No arrests had been made by late morning and detectives continued to investigate, Young said.
Police had yet to establish a motive for the shooting.
Oceanside police said cases like this are tough because a lot of people who know what happened are simply too scared to talk.
"We've experienced a little bit of that so far and the only thing we can do is make an appeal to the public that we are there to investigate what happened [and] bring closure to the case," said Young told 10News.
Family members told 10News Antonio -- or Tony -- was a student at Oceanside High School.
One young boy who said he was Tony's brother said his brother did not know the killer. He said Tony's killer was a gang member but insisted that his brother was not in a gang.
It was also unknown if the incident was related to the March 2 shooting in the 1200 block of Division Street that wounded a 20-year-old man, police said. The 20-year-old -- a local soccer coach -- had since been released from a hospital and was recovering at home, Young said.
Now, police are looking into whether the two shootings are related.
"It's certainly something that we're talking about and that we're looking into but at this point, we have nothing to link the two cases together," said Young.
Police asked anyone with information to contact Det. Bill Wallace at (760) 435-4892.
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