A woman was found fatally shot in a vehicle that crashed Tuesday near the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway in Paramount.

The vehicle hit a tree and went down an embankment and onto a grassy area near the Rosecrans Avenue off-ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman, in her 30s, was found in the vehicle shortly before 2 a.m. near the 6400 block of Rosecrans Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office and the sheriff’s department. Her name was withheld, pending notification of her relatives.

“A handgun was located just outside the vehicle and a male was seen fleeing the scene,” a sheriff’s department statement said. “The exact location of the shooting is unknown.”

CHP officers went to the location on a report of a single-vehicle crash.

“When they arrived, they discovered a female adult suffering from a gunshot wound,” the sheriff’s statement said. “They removed her from the vehicle and began life saving measures. Paramedics arrived and pronounced (her) … dead at the scene.”

A woman told the CHP that a man came to her home near the crash scene and told her he had been in an accident and his child was still in the vehicle and he needed to call for help, then left the location. It was unclear if there was a child in the vehicle.

Details about what led up to the shooting were not immediately available.

The eastbound Rosecrans Avenue off- and on-ramps to and from the northbound Long Beach Freeway were closed while an investigation was conducted.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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