Victim, 17, was found inside a vehicle at the Villa Marina Marketplace shopping center


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UPDATE (Jan. 7, 6 p.m.):  “My younger sister was brutally murdered in cold blood in front of me in a robbery gone wrong,” writes Lacey Carman in a GoFundMe page asking for donations to assist with burial plans for sister Kristine Carman. Lacey Carman also writes that her sister was the second-oldest of six children and “carried the wind in her step and the sun in her smile.”

In a public statement, Kristine Carman’s father said: “Kristine was exceptionally smart and wonderfully creative. She was a skilled photographer who loved taking photos. … Her family is devastated by this senseless tragedy.”

By Gary Walker

Police are still searching for the gunman who shot and killed a teenage girl at Villa Marina Marketplace in Marina del Rey on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles police responding to an 8 p.m. radio call found 17-year-old Kristine Carman dead inside a vehicle in the parking lot at Glencoe Avenue and Mindanao Way, according to an LAPD bulletin. Carmen had been shot in the head and paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

At the scene , investigators had roped off and partially covered a Honda Element parked partially over the sidewalk between Panda Express and Panini Café, just north of the Pavilions grocery store. KABC is reporting that witnesses claim shots were fired near Jerry’s Deli (on the other side of the parking lot) and the victim had attempted to drive away from the scene.

The bulletin describes the suspected shooter as a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a blue beanie. Witnesses say he fled the location in a dark colored SUV, possibly heading toward the Marina (90) Freeway. The motive for the shooting has not been determined.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact LAPD West Bureau Homicide Division investigators at (213) 382-9470. To make an anonymous tip, call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 222-8477.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Photo by Mia Duncans

Photo by Mia Duncans