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Car-to-Car Shooting Leaves 18-Year-Old Girl Dead

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It was another one of those situations where witnesses say the suspects approached the victims and ask that scary gang-related question, "where you all from?” That's what happened Saturday night at Normandie Avenue and 29th Street in West Adams, near USC, when 18-year-old Martha Cruz, two cousins and a friend were waiting for a red light to turn green. A light colored four-door sedan with tinted windows pulled up next to the driver’s side of their car when the the front passenger asked the fatal question before opening fire on the car. Cruz, who was in the back seat, was hit and later died at the hospital. Detective do not have many details at this point, but if anyone knows something, contact info is below.

Southwest Homicide Detectives Dave Dilkes and Sean Hansen are conducting the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call them at (213) 485-1383. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.” Tipsters may remain anonymous.