Woman shot dead while riding in a car through East L.A.; victim was struck by a stray bullet [updated @9:38 am]


East Los Angeles —  A passenger in a vehicle with an Uber decal was shot to death by a stray bullet Wednesday night, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded to the area near South Bonnie Beach Place and Union Pacific Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. after a woman in her 30s was shot in the head while riding in the vehicle, said Sgt. Hanamaikai with LASD. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

ABC7 reports that two passengers and the driver were on the road when they heard gunshots. It is unclear if the suspect or suspects were in a vehicle or on foot at the time of the shooting. A suspect description has not been released.

The vehicle had an Uber decal on it, but Hanamaikai could not confirm if the passengers were using the ridesharing app at the time of the incident.

Update @ 9:38 am: “Homicide detectives have learned the victim was an unintended target and was struck by a stray bullet,” according to the LASD. “The male adult driver and female juvenile passenger were not injured in the incident.”

Authorities later surrounded a “home of interest” near the scene of the shooting but found no suspects.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477)

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