Nightly News | October 27, 2013
>> in northern california the fbi is now investigating the fatal shoot iing by a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica gun instead of a high powered rifle. we get the story tonight from nbc's miguel almaguer.
>> reporter: the call for action has grown louder every day.
>> there is no justice that can compare to a little boy dying.
>> reporter: hundreds of parents and children protesting outside the sonoma county sheriff's department in santa rosa , california. they are here for 13-year-old andy lopez .
>> he wanted to go to college and have a career. he wanted to do something more and better with his life.
>> reporter: last week, lopez was walking through his neighborhood with what sheriff's deputies said they thought was an assault rifle . one neighbor spotted lopez before officers did.
>> i saw a boy with the rifle in the left hand. i'm telling him, throw that thing away. the police is behind.
>> reporter: investigators say two deputies ordered the teen to drop the gun. seconds later, an officer opened fire.
>> the deputy described it as the suspect turned to him, the barrel was rising up and turning in his direction.
>> reporter: andy lopez was shot seven times. only after did officers realize the gun was a replica. at a news conference they displayed the toy gun side by side with the real one.
>> as a father of two boys about this age i can't imagine the grief this family is going through.
>> reporter: what the sheriff calls a tragic incident, lopez 's mother calls a brutal assassination of her little boy .
>> he was not a gang member . he was not a criminal. but yet he's dead. couldn't something else have been done?
>> reporter: tonight, a call for justice and a federal investigation under way for a teenager shot and killed on the very block he grew up on. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los