SOUTH GATE (CBS) — A 16-year-old girl who suffered a gunshot wound to the neck as she sat in the back seat of a car in South Gate died Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The girl died at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood around 4:30 a.m., according to police.

The teen was struck by a bullet that pierced the rear windshield of the sedan in the area of Garfield Avenue and Gardendale Street around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, emergency response personnel said. The driver tried to reach a hospital but stopped near Magnolia and Alpine avenues in Lynwood, where paramedics responded and took the victim to the hospital.

Perez said the girl and the young man who drove the sedan “were hanging around” the car when a “crew” of older people showed up and some sort of argument erupted. He said it is his understanding that the car was fired on as the victims were trying to get away.

The girl turned 16 on Sunday, and plans were under way to throw her a sweet sixteen party.

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Comments (12)
  1. Loren Woods says:

    Man thats really messed up dude, I mean seriously.

  2. Doug says:

    No , that is just typical minorities for you. How do I know that it is minorities ? Give me a break !

    1. Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot says:

      South Gate needs to be renamed “Little Tijuana”.

      1. I know who you are! says:

        Hi Erik! Hah I know it’s you Erik! lets go to Tijuana!!!!!!

  3. Mark says:

    Regardless of the race, I blame the NRA>

    1. Really says:

      Yeah, too bad there are no laws that prohibit guns and people from using a gun to murder someone. That surely would have saved her life right?

      Oh wait, there are laws that do that…So how could this have happened? Why didn’t they follow the law? Hmmmmmm.

      I guess we’ll just blame the NRA because we have no valid argument what so ever….BOOO NRA!!! Your law abiding organization that supports responsible and lawful gun ownership is to blame for this person breaking the law and using a gun contrary to everything you stand for! It’s your fault! Right Mark? Tell um, tell um how it’s their fault…Bad NRA, BAD!


  4. Did I miss something? says:

    Perez said? Who’s Perez? Rosie Perez?

  5. Voice of Reason says:

    They only come here for a better life.

  6. cameron French says:

    we need to stop killing inocent brown people over seas when they have already invaded our nation given drugs to our children and now the government plans to give them free health care, shame on our Military for not setting up a kue years ago.

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