Nightly News   |  October 27, 2013

FBI to investigate officer-involved shooting of 13-year-old

The FBI says it will conduct an independent investigation into the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy from Santa Rosa, Calif. At the hands of a police officer who mistook his toy gun for an actual assault rifle. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports

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>> 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