PITTSBURG -- The shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy Monday took place hours after a physical confrontation between the boy and his suspected assailant, giving the suspect time to retrieve a gun and return to shoot the boy and another teen, police said Wednesday.

Police would not say Wednesday what the sparked the scuffle between victim Steven Rosalez, 16, and the man accused of killing him, Julius Robert Short Jr., 23. The two knew each other from around the neighborhood where they both lived, said Pittsburg police Lt. Ron Raman.

Rosalez, who was shot in the back, died of his injuries at a hospital. The second boy, also 16, was treated for his injuries at a hospital and is expected to recover.

Neither the victims nor the subject lived at the home on the 100 block of West 8th Street where the shooting took place, though they all frequented the area, Raman said. The shooting happened outside the home about 7:45 p.m., police said. Officials wouldn't disclose the exact time of the argument.

Short has prior misdemeanor convictions for illegal gun possession and battery and a 2009 felony conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, according to Contra Costa County Superior Court records.

Detectives are still investigating the case and hope to present their findings to the district attorney's office soon, Raman said. Short is being held on $1.5 million bail on suspicion of murder at County Jail in Martinez.


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Rosalez had previously attended Pittsburg High School but most recently was enrolled in an independent study program. The teen was involved in sports since a young age, playing baseball and Pop Warner football, his father said, and had a wide circle of friends.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Pittsburg police at 925-427-7369 or email crimetips@ci.pittsburg.ca.us.

Staff writer Malaika Fraley contributed to this report. Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.