A 16-year-old girl has been killed after she was caught in a gunman’s crossfire as she drove home from church with her family.
The teenager, identified as Danah Rojo-Rivas, was fatally shot on Wednesday at about 9.30pm in Lynwood, Los Angeles.
She was sitting in the back seat of her family’s car with her pet poodle in her lap. Her mother was driving and her 18-year-old brother was in the front passenger seat.
Danah Rojo-Rivas, 16, was struck by a gunman’s stray bullet in Lynwood, Los Angeles on Wednesday night as she drove home from church with her family in this car
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department believe the girl may have been caught in between a possible car-to-car gang-related shooting.
Authorities say a burgundy Saturn SUV was the intended target but it got stuck at a set of traffic lights. A male suspect in another car got out and fired multiple shots at the vehicle.
One of the rounds hit the car Rojo-Rivas was in as her mother was making a right-hand turn at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Euclid Avenue.
The sheriff’s department said the bullet struck her in the upper torso.
The shooting suspect fled in his vehicle, while the two men in the intended target’s car fled the scene on foot.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department believe the girl may have been caught in between a possible car-to-car gang-related shooting at an intersection in Lynwood, Los Angeles
Rojo-Rivas’s mother pulled over after realizing she had been shot, but paramedics were unable to save her.
The girl’s mother and brother were not injured but the dog sitting on her lap ran into the street and was fatally struck by a car.
‘My heart goes out to the family,’ Sergeant Robert Gray of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
‘They were supposed to be celebrating a day of thanks and today they are going to be in mourning.’
The gun has not been recovered and detectives are still searching for the suspects.