21-Year-Old Mother Dies After Being Shot at Red Light
A woman who was shot in a car-to-car shooting in Los Angeles last week has died from her injuries, police said Monday.
The woman, identified as 21-year-old Jessica Torres, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, after her injuries became too much to handle, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.
On Feb. 1, patrol officers responded to a call in Panorama City that a “shooting just occurred” in the area of Van Nuys Boulevard and Arminta Street in Van Nuys.
Investigators revealed that Torres was driving in the area when a suspect approached in a separate vehicle, police said.
According to KTLA, the suspect pulled up next to the victim’s sedan while Torres was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Arminta Street.
Someone in the vehicle then opened fire and Torres was hit on the left side of her head.
21-year-old woman dies after being shot in head while stopped at red light in Panorama City in incident police have described as “random” https://t.co/tMYRpSoaJK
— KTLA (@KTLA) February 5, 2018
LAPD Officer Robert Moreno told KTLA that the shooting “appears to be a random incident.”
Torres was transported to a local hospital where she died just two days later. It’s unclear if the suspect who fired the gun was the driver or the passenger of the vehicle.
Authorities told KTLA that there appeared to have been no words exchanged during the incident.
According to a GoFundMe campaign, Torres was the mother of a 2-year-old daughter.
“Jessica was a beautiful soul that unfortunately lost her life to gun violence while driving on Van Nuys and Arminta on Feb. 1,” the page stated. “We need your help to give her a proper burial as she leaves behind a 2-year-old baby girl who’s also gonna need all the help she can get. Anything helps.”
LAPD official Lt. Michael Kozak told KTLA that the incident did not seem to be gang-related.
Police said they are still looking for the suspect, adding that there is no description of the perpetrator as of yet. The investigation is ongoing.
According to the Los Angeles Times, just in the past six months, there have been six homicides in Panorama City.
Anyone having information about this shooting is urged to contact Valley Bureau Homicide, Detective John Doerbecker at (818) 374-1941.