Detectives searched today for a gunman who killed a 17-year-old girl — reported to be from Texas — as she sat in her car in a Marina del Rey parking lot.
The shooting at the Villa Marina Marketplace Mall on Maxella Avenue was reported at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday, said Officer Aareon Jefferson of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section. The girl had been shot in the head, Jefferson said.
Kristine Carman died at the scene, according to the LAPD. Her hometown was not known, police said. According to ABC7, the girl was from Houston, had Texas plates on her car, and was in the Southland visiting relatives.
The shooting took place outside Jerry’s Deli, and the girl drove across the parking lot to the Panda Express, where she died, ABC7 reported.
The suspect was described only as a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a blue beanie, according to the LAPD. He fled the location in a dark-colored SUV, possibly heading toward the Marina (90) Freeway, police said.
A motive for the crime was unknown, police said. Anyone with more information on the case was urged to call homicide detectives at (213) 382- 9470, or (877) LAPD-247.