Police probe shotgun slaying of woman near Hollywood tourist hub

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 06, 2015 3:43 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Homicide detectives searched for clues on Monday to the unsolved shotgun slaying of a woman who was walking along the street a few blocks from the heart of Hollywood's tourist hub, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The woman was killed on Sunday night when a gunman walked up behind the victim and shot her in the upper body as she was strolling with a male companion near Sunset Boulevard, an LAPD spokeswoman said.

The suspect then made his getaway in a black sedan and was still at large as of Monday, police said.

The woman was a 30-year-old resident of Los Angeles but authorities were withholding her identity pending notification of next of kin, according to the county coroner's office.

The LAPD spokeswoman, officer Sara Faden, said the motive for the shooting remained a mystery, with no immediate evidence of whether the killing was a random act of violence or a targeted attack.

Police Commander Andrew Smith told the Los Angeles Times that investigators were not aware of any similar shootings, leading them to believe it was "an isolated incident."

The Times reported eight people have been killed during the past 12 months within a mile of Sunday's shooting, which occurred three blocks from the intersection of Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, near Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Dolby Theatre complex where the Oscars are held each year.

Faden said detectives were canvassing the area near the murder scene for possible eyewitnesses and surveillance cameras that may have captured the shooting.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Eric Beech)