Deputies say 1 dead, 2 injured in LA shooting
LOS ANGELES—A gunman walked up to a crowd watching Fourth of July fireworks and opened fire, killing a 14-year-old girl and wounding a 12-year-old girl and a man, authorities said Thursday.No arrest has been made and the motive for the attack was unclear, Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide Lt. Mike Rosson said.
The shooting occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday while a crowd gathered outside a house at 97th Street and Normandie Avenue was celebrating Independence Day.
“The whole street was watching (neighborhood) fireworks” when two men walked around a corner two houses away and approached, Rosson said.
One pulled a handgun and fired many shots before fleeing.
The 14-year-old girl was hit in the upper body, while a 12-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man were each shot in the leg, Rosson said.
The 14-year-old died at a hospital. The other victims are expected to survive, he said.
The victims’ names were not immediately released by officials, but family members told KABC-TV that the 14-year-old girl was Unique Russell.
“Just all of a sudden you hear everybody saying, ‘Get down! Get down! They’re shooting!” said her aunt, Emily Sharb-Williams. “I just can’t understand it. I wish all this violence would stop.”
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