HIGHLAND PARK — Police have sealed off a section of Highland Park this morning after a female was shot near Avenue 56 and Monte Vista Street.
The condition of the victim, who was taken to a hospital, is unknown, according to LAPD spokesman Aareon Jefferson. Police have established a perimeter as they search for a suspect or suspects, he said. The shooting was reported shortly before 11 am.
No further information was available. One reader said the shooting was a drive-by but that could not be confirmed.
Update on Thursday, Dec. 29: The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Jessica Andrea Rocha of Los Angeles, said the county coroner.
Update on Thursday, Dec. 29: Detective Sid Rodriguez at the Northeast Division said they are looking for two male Latino suspects in their early 20.
Update at 8:54 pm: The woman has died from her injuries, police said. Police have not released her age or name but Sgt. Douglas Bowler with the LAPD Northeast Division said she was shot after she was engaged in a conversation with a group of men, one of whom pulled out a weapon and fired. The suspects remain at large.
@HighlandPark HLP says the victim was the mother of a four year-old son.
Updated at 2:30 pm: The victim is in critical condition, said Jefferson. Suspects are still at large.
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