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Police: Assailants in fatal Cataño birthday party shooting are known

By The Star Staff

Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa said Wednesday that he knows the identities of those responsible for the slayings that occurred on Feb. 20 in which a four-year-old boy died and two other children were wounded by bullets during a birthday party at a public housing project in Cataño.

“Because just as you [the press] have the interest, we also and all of Puerto Rico have an interest in collecting the evidence to be able to sustain the case,” the police commissioner said in response to questions from the press. “As soon as we manage to have the necessary evidence, which I gather with information and citizen cooperation, because, the moment we are looking for them, we will give the photographs to you so that you can take them and help us.”

“We know who they are,” López Figueroa added. “We know who the people are, but we are in the process of gathering evidence so that we can then work with them directly.”

An adult male was also killed in the shooting. The police chief said he and the Police Major Crimes Division have “a solid case.”

“We have to gather solid evidence to support this case. It is a case that affects me, right, as a father of children, a four-year-old boy,” he said. “I know what the family is going through and believe me, I’m giving it more attention.”

López Figueroa noted that a community impact program continues in the residential area of Cataño where the fatal shooting took place.

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