Funds were being raised Friday to benefit the family of a grandmother who was shot in the face and fatally injured on Christmas Day while trying to fend off another woman who was attempting to steal her purse in Inglewood.
The shooting took place about 1 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Yukon Avenue and 104th Street, police said.
Responding officers found the wounded woman, later identified as Lourdes Padilla, down on the sidewalk. Padilla was in critical condition when she was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead two days later, police said
The 70-year-old grandmother was a long-time resident and had left home to go to a store before she was shot, according to NBC4.
No description of the suspect has been made available. Detectives determined she was driven from the scene by a man in a black 2019 four-door Toyota Yaris IA or Scion IA with yellow paper plates possibly bearing a “Keyes” or “Longo” dealership logo.
Investigators have released images of the vehicle captured by a nearby security camera.
As of Friday night, a gofundme effort started by a friend of Padilla’s family had raised $1,940 toward a goal of $10,000 to assist the woman’s loved ones in their time of need.
Padilla’s family issued a statement thanking those who have offered condolences or made contributions, while also asking for privacy.
Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call (310) 412-5124 to speak to Inglewood Police Detective L. Rodriguez, or the watch commander at (310) 412-5206.
The department’s 24-hour tipline can be reached at (888) 412-7463. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or visit lacrimestoppers.org.
Tips can be submitted anonymously.
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