SOUTH LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 25-year-old mother and nurse was fatally shot in South Los Angeles as she got out of her car, while her three-year-old daughter remained inside the vehicle, a Los Angeles police lieutenant said Sunday.
The shooting, which occurred at the intersection of 85th Street and Western Avenue, took place at 10:30 p.m. Christmas night, said police LAPD Lt. Peter Casey, watch commander at 77th Street Division.
The woman, who has now been identified as Kashmier Jones, had stopped her car and was getting out when two men in a dark blue vehicle drove up and fired nine shots at her, striking her in the head, Casey said. The suspects then fled southbound on Western Avenue.
She collapsed outside the car and was pronounced dead at the scene, Casey added.
The little girl, who was still sitting in the back seat, was not physically injured and was turned over to her father at the 77th Street Station.
Casey said the motive for the shooting was not known and the investigation was underway.
Police said Sunday that James appeared to be the innocent victim caught in the crossfire of gang violence.
Her friends told CBS 2′s Rachel Kim that James was “a hard-working and beautiful woman.”
Anyone with information was asked to call LAPD detectives at (213) 485-4175.
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