ALTADENA (CBSLA.com) — A 72-year-old grandmother is recovering Monday after she was grazed over the weekend by a bullet while out looking at Christmas decorations in Altadena, authorities said.
The woman moved to the United States this year and was spending the holidays with family in Altadena when they went for a walk Saturday for the annual Christmas Tree Lane lighting ceremony in Altadena.
Family member said an SUV pulled up, a man shot out a window and a bullet grazed the back of the grandmother’s head.
Her son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren were nearby, including a 9-year-old boy.
They all broke down with shock and terror as the SUV sped off.
“It was scary,” said Sandra Ledezma, victim’s daughter-in-law. “We thought something really bad happened to her; she started screaming.”
“The thought of losing her like so quick, it hurt me a lot,” said Joshua Ledezma, 9, the victim’s grandson.
She’s now out of the hospital and doing better.
But her family still doesn’t know why she was shot. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies say it was likely a random shooting and confirmed they found a shell casing nearby.
Investigators say the suspected gunman is from El Sereno and was also involved in a second shooting that night.
He was arrested early Sunday morning.
The woman driving the SUV apparently turned him in.