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Teenage Girl Shot And Killed In Marina Del Rey Parking Lot

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A 17-year-old girl was shot and killed last night in a Marina Del Rey parking lot, and the search for her killer is underway.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the parking lot of the Villa Marina Marketplace Mall near Maxella and Glencoe avenues in Marina Del Rey shortly before 8 p.m. last night, ABC 7 reports. There, they found that 17-year-old Kristine Carman had been fatally shot in the head.

Police say that a group of girls were sitting in a Honda Element parked near Jerry's Deli when a man approached and some kind of conflict occurred, according to NBC Los Angeles. Carman was one of the girls in the Element, sitting in the backseat of the car.

Witnesses said they heard gunfire followed by screams, and that they saw the driver of the Element drive the car across the parking lot, coming to a stop near the Panda Express.

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The shooter fled the scene, and is still at large. He has been described as a black male wearing a grey hoodie and a blue beanie, according to a release from the LAPD. He drove away in a dark colored SUV and may have been headed in the direction of the 90 Freeway.

Carman was from Texas and was in California visiting family members. LAPD Lt. John Radke said that this particular area hasn't seen a murder in several years.

Anyone with information should call West Bureau Homicide investigators at 213-382-9470.