SOUTH LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Friends and family mourned the death of a 26-year-old woman who was gunned down in front of her daughter in South Los Angeles, in what police believe was a gang attack aimed at someone else.
The woman was getting out of her car at 85th Street and Western Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Christmas night when two men in a dark blue vehicle drove up and fired nine shots, striking her once in the head, before fleeing south on Western, said Lt. Peter Casey of the LAPD’s 77th Street Division.
She died at the scene.
Her daughter, who was in a carseat in the backseat, was unharmed. She was turned over to her father at the 77th Street station.
A candlelight vigil was held at the crime scene today, where friends and family members identified the victim as Kashmier James, according to broadcast reports.
“This 3-year-old will never grow up to see her mama,” said James’ boyfriend, Chris Jackson. “I don’t know how to explain it to her, to tell her, she’s not here, she’s not here.”
Police said the woman was getting out of the car to visit a friend when she was shot in an apparent gang-related attack meant for someone else nearby.
Cousin Sharonda Conley was distraught.
“I don’t understand why they would take somebody’s life in front of their kid on Christmas,” she said.
Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call LAPD detectives at (213) 485-4175.