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Man arrested after 10-year-old boy shot, killed in Yuba County

According to a news release, a dispute between families led to the shooting.

YUBA COUNTY, Calif. — The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 10-year-old was shot and killed in a family dispute Sunday night.

According to a news release, it happened around 7:40 p.m. at a home on the 5700 block of Alicia Avenue.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 10-year-old boy inside the home with a single gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

Investigators arrested 31-year-old Juan Ortiz of Olivehurst in connection with the shooting. He’s accused of homicide, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition.

The Marysville Joint Unified School District confirmed the 10-year-old was a student at Cedar Lane Elementary School. Superintendent Fal Asrani gave the following statement to ABC10:

"Our community is heartbroken over the tragic loss of one of our students due to a senseless act of violence. We are devastated to lose such a bright and curious student and we will miss his presence in the classroom and on our campus. While we don’t have a lot of details we can share at this time, we are extremely saddened by this loss and would like to extend our deepest condolences to the student’s family, friends, and loved ones. The loss of a young life is devastating for our entire community. 

Our district has a Grief Response Team made up of mental health professionals who are trained to help with the needs of students, families, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. We have also increased counseling support available on campus for students today and will provide support as needed throughout the week."

Anyone with information on the shooting can call Sgt. Park or Det. Gonzalez at 530-749-7777.

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