A 26-year-old woman fatally shot as she sat in a car parked in a Westside neighborhood was not the intended target, according to television news reports. More than one station stated that the victim's husband was a gang member or affiliate who was likely the target.
Jana Collins and her four-month-old fetus died at nearby Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center after she was shot about 9:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of Corning Street in La Cienega Heights, according to police and news reports.
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She was in the vehicle with her husband and three other companions, Los Angeles police Officer April Harding said. NBC4 reported the victim was a mother of two who worked at a nearby Starbucks and had recently gotten married. Collins was reportedly a resident of Santa Monica.
The community just a few miles south of Beverly Hills is claimed by an African-American gang, the Playboy Gangster Crips, and at least one neighbor speculated that the violence involved Latino-versus-black rivalries in the area.
The area has been shaken by violence in the past, including in the spring of 2008.
-With reporting from City News Service.