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A San Diego police cruiser. Photo courtesy OnScene.TV

Three young men and a teenager were behind bars Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in the Mount Hope neighborhood.

Bryan Escobedo, 18, Ethan Peaslee-Guerrero, 19, and Omar Morales, 18, were arrested along with a 17-year-old boy, whose name was not released because of his age, according to the San Diego Police Department.

The suspects were arrested about an hour after the fatal shooting, which took place around 4:15 p.m. Monday in the 3500 block of J Street.

The 14-year-old victim died at a hospital. His name has not been released.

According to police, the victim was walking on 36th Street near J Street when at least one gunshot was fired from a silver SUV.

“The vehicle sped away but the plate was reported to police,” Lt. Adam Sharki said.

Sharki said the license plate was traced to a Toyota Highlander that was spotted at an earlier “fight and large crowd” to which San Diego Unified School Police responded around 3:35 p.m. at 1155 C St.

“Some of the members of the crowd left in a silver Toyota Highlander,” Sharki said.

At 5:07 p.m., the vehicle was located at 4600 Utah St., with Escobedo, Peaslee-Guerrero, Morales and the 17-year-old near the vehicle.

When officers approached, two of the suspects fled on foot and two were detained, Sharki said. The runners were eventually located at a nearby apartment and taken into custody without incident.

All four were arrested on suspicion of murder. The three adults were booked into the San Diego County Jail and the teen was booked into Juvenile Hall.

–City News Service