Police Thursday released images of a man and a woman wanted as suspects in the killing of a 70-year-old grandmother shot in the face during an attempted Christmas day purse snatching in Inglewood.
Lourdes Padilla of Inglewood was shot about 1 p.m. on Dec. 25 near the intersection of Yukon Avenue and 104th Street, according to the Inglewood Police Department.
Responding officers found the wounded woman 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
Padilla had left home to go to a store before she was shot.
Police allege that one suspect — 20-year-old Donovan Bingaman, whose last known address was in Las Vegas, Nevada — was at the wheel of a car and that the other suspect, 29-year-old Lizet Martinez, got out and tried to take Padilla’s purse, then shot her in the face when she resisted.
”Miss Padilla was a mother and a grandmother and all she was doing was walking on the street on Christmas, Mayor James Butts said. “It’s incomprehensible that anyone would have even have bothered her let alone shot her for her purse.”
On Monday, the suspects were stopped by the Casa Grande Police Department in Arizona, but they sped away in a white Nissan Versa with paper plates leading to a high speed chase. They managed to get away, but investigators believe they may still be in that area, according to Inglewood police Lt. Oscar Mejia.
Both Bingaman, who was described as a member of Las Vegas Eastside Locos gang, and Martinez should be considered armed and dangerous. They are known to frequent California, Arizona and Nevada, Mejia said.
A gofundme effort started by a friend of Padilla’s family has raised $4,028 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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