A 64-year-old woman remains in critical condition after she was shot by a masked suspect at her home in Del Rey on Halloween, police said.
The woman was inside her home in the 4800 block of Coolidge Avenue, near Braddock Drive in Del Rey at about 11 p.m. Friday, October 31st, when she heard the doorbell ring, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific detective Mike DePasquale said. She went to the front door, where a man wearing a “Scream” movie mask and costume told her he was looking for someone, the detective said.
When the woman told the man that the person he was looking for was not home, the suspect allegedly fired multiple shots with a medium-caliber handgun and fled, DePasquale said. One bullet apparently ricocheted off the door and struck the woman in the neck.
She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and was treated, he said. Some of the woman’s family members were at home during the incident, including her mother, but no one else was injured, police said.
Police believe the suspect targeted the residence but have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.
“It looks like he was looking for someone in that house,” DePasquale said.
One of the woman’s sons told TV reporters that the gunman shot his mother for no reason.
“She didn’t deserve this,” the son told reporters.
The masked suspect is described only as a man of unknown race.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call LAPD Pacific detectives at (310) 482-6313, or (877) 529-3855 (877-LAWFULL).