Authorities Tuesday were searching for the killer of a woman who was fatally shot at the flower shop she operated in the unincorporated Lennox area of Los Angeles County.

Deputies were called about 4:20 p.m. Monday to the 10400 block of South Inglewood Avenue in the Lennox area, where the 57-year-old victim had been shot at least once in the body, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Family members identified her as Maria Ventura, a grandmother who had sold flowers in the area for more than 20 years before recently opening her own shop. They told ABC7 that they had no idea who killed the florist, or why. Friends described her as a hard worker who opened her shop several months ago and was doing well.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, last seen fleeing on foot northbound on Inglewood Avenue toward westbound 104th Street, Koerner said. No weapon was recovered.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.

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