Police announced Friday that a Pasadena boy shot in the head as he rode as a passenger in a car on Jan. 18 has succumbed to his injuries. A Pasadena man has been arrested and charged with the boy’s murder.
The boy, originally described by police as a 15-year-old, was in fact 14 years old, according to a Police Dept. spokesperson. Pasadena detectives were notified by hospital staff Thursday afternoon the boy had died.
The shooting occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on Tuesday near the intersection of Los Robles Ave. and Eldora Rd., police said.
After the shooting, the driver of the car drove north on Los Robles, where by chance he encountered Pasadena Fire Dept. personnel on an unrelated call and asked for help for the victim, who was in the front seat of the driver’s white Toyota.
The driver, a 20-year-old West Covina resident, was not injured, police said.
Paramedics provided medical aid to the victim and the teen was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Police were notified by the Fire Department that paramedics were treating a shooting victim in the 1600 block of N. Los Robles Avenue.
Detectives from the Pasadena Police Department’s Robbery / Homicide Unit arrived and quickly identified a suspect vehicle believed to be involved. That vehicle and its driver were located in the 600 block of Mar Vista Ave., where the driver was detained, according to police.
Detectives said they located a firearm and other evidence allegedly linking the suspect to the shooting.
Police identified the suspected shooter as 24-year-old Alexis Ibarra, a Pasadena resident.
The case against Ibarra was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on Friday and Ibarra was charged with murder and attempted murder. The attempted murder charge relates to the driver of the car, who was not struck.
Ibarra’s bail was set at $4,000,000.
Detectives are actively investigating this shooting as a criminal gang incident.
Additionally, the white Toyota driven by the victims matched the vehicle driven by the suspects during the January 16th robbery and shooting near Villa Parke. Detectives are attempting to determine if the two incidents are connected.
Pasadena District 3 Councilmember John Kennedy, in whose district the boy’s fatal shooting occurred, reacted in a statement Friday night.eldora road pasadena
“Every life is precious. No doubt that a family is grieving because of the loss of someone so young. At the tender age of 14, a child still has a real opportunity to get their life together and turn from the lure of negative environments of the streets. This young man who was shot in the head at Eldora Road and Los Robles Avenue unsettles a community, but Pasadena is a safe city. However, what we are seeing across the United States is a serious uptick in crimes involving firearms.”
“In the short term there must be a massive law enforcement response. In the long term, we will have invest more in our young to keep them engaged in educational and career life-advancing activities.”
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)- 744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on
Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.