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Texas man held in Los Angeles killing of teen girl

Teen was watching street racing when shots rang out

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LOS ANGELES – A Texas man was arrested in the fatal shooting of a teenage girl at the scene of an illegal street race in Hollywood during the weekend, Los Angeles police said.

Ramon Roque Monreal, 33, of El Paso was booked for investigation of murder on Sunday and was held on $3 million bail, a Police Department statement said.

Monreal was detained in south Los Angeles County around 3:45 a.m. by sheriff's deputies responding to an unrelated call. Monreal, who had a firearm, was turned over to LAPD homicide detectives and arrested, police said.

The shooting occurred early Sunday, just minutes after midnight, at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, and was recorded on video.

Officers responding to a report of illegal street racing were directed to the shooting victim, identified only as a 17-year-old resident of Huntington Park. She died at the scene.

Witnesses said the girl was watching the racing when an argument erupted between two men and shots were fired, hitting the teen and another person only described as male. He was hospitalized with serious injuries but was expected to survive.

Online jail records show Monreal is scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.