Los Angeles, CA -
(FOX 11 / CNS) A teenage girl was shot to death in the stairwell of an apartment complex in Willowbrook, authorities said today.
Witnesses told Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide detectives that the teen was approached by the suspect who fired at her once around 11 p.m. Wednesday. She was was struck in the collarbone, said Sheriff's Sgt. J. Ovalle. The victim was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, said sheriff's Deputy Kim Manatt.
The suspect, a male in his 20s, fled on foot, Manatt said. The shooting occurred in the 11900 block of South Wilmington Avenue, in unincorporated Willowbrook, Manatt said. Ovalle had earlier described the victim as aged 17-20. Neither her name nor her exact age were immediately released.
From Gigi Graciette:
You've heard of drive-by shootings, I'm sure. Sadly, they're all too common on the streets of pretty much anywhere, USA.
Well, today we're covering what one investigator called a "walk-up shooting" in Willowbrook. A shooting that left a teenage girl dead.
It happened last night on the 11900 block of Wilmington Avenue.
No one's been able to tell us who this girl is or what she was doing in front of this apartment building - investigators aren't even sure if she's 15 or 16 yet - although it doesn't really matter. What does matter is that around 11 o'clock last night she was standing on the staircase when a guy walked up, pulled out a gun and shot her.
Just like that.
And just like that, she was dead.
And as quickly as he walked up, he was gone.
Just like that.*
As I write this, three young girls are sobbing at the spot she was shot; the spot where just minutes ago a neighbor finished washing away her blood.
Yes, it's gory and ugly. Murder always is.
There's also a young man with them. He's clutching a candle with an 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' sticker on it. He's young but the tattoos etched all over his face tell an old story.
"There's too much violence", a woman passing by says. "Someone has to do something."
Yes someone does, but who?
"I didn't know her but this young lady could've been our next doctor, our next mayor...and here it is, her parents have to bury her.", she goes on to say.
Yes, she could have. Maybe she would have; she should have but she won't. She's dead.
The sobbing has now turned into wailing. At least one of the girls is the victim's sister.
"I didn't see her all day yesterday', one of them says to me.
And then she repeats it. Over and over, as she cries.
Just like that lady passing by said "There's too much violence. Someone has to do something."
Yes, someone does. But who?
If you have any information on this murder, please call the LA County Sheriff Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500