(Updated throughout at 12:20 p.m.): A pregnant woman and her fetus died in a shooting in the Westside community of La Cienega Heights Wednesday morning, police said. The attack appeared by be a gang-related, drive-by shooting near the Ward Plaza Shopping Center, which contains a Ross, a Toys R Us and a well-attended weekly farmer's market on Thursdays.
The violence was reported about 9:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of Corning Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Bruce Borihanh. The victim, described as being in her mid-20s, died at a hospital. Although doctors tried to save the fetus, it was declared dead later in the morning.
LAPD Capt. Ruben De La Torre told CBS2 that someone drove the woman to a hospital. The attack was quite close to Kaiser Permanente's large, West Los Angeles facility.
"The vehicle drove up. Our victim was seated in a vehicle. Shots rang out,'' LAPD Capt. Evangelyn Nathan told ABC7. "We're reaching out to the public for information. ... We're looking for individuals who have information concerning the shooting, the suspects, vehicles; anything that you can tell us at all.''
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The station reported that the shooter approached the woman, opened fire, dropped something, picked it up, got in a car and fled.
The area is claimed by a gang called the Playboy Gangster Crips, and several shootings have been reported there over the years, including a few outside nearby Hamilton High School in the South Robertson neighborhood.
-With reporting from Weekly wire services. Got news? Email us.
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