Woman Fatally Shot While Working At An Outdoor Barbecue Stand
One woman died and another man was injured after a gunman opened fire on a barbecue stand in Harbor City Friday afternoon.
According to the L.A. Times, at around 1:50 p.m. Friday, the gunman approached Wheaton's Eatins barbecue stand, which is situated in the parking lot of a Pep Boy's on the 1300 block of Pacific Coast Highway. Witnesses, who said the gunman was wearing a bandana or mask, opened fire, hitting a woman working the stand, and another man, who was shot while attempting to run away. The shooter reportedly also chased after the man.
NBC L.A. reports that the woman was 31-year-old Jennifer Ann Dickerson, who was pronounced dead at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The male victim did not have life-threatening injuries.
LAPD Detective David Cortez told NBC L.A. that the shooter "didn't seem to be aiming at one particular person, but just shooting towards the pop-up tents where the barbecue was and where there were customers were gathered." Police have yet to determine a motive, or if the gunman knew Dickerson and the other victim.
Dickerson's mother, Valarie Hollyfield, said that her daughter was her second child that has died due to gun violence; one of her sons was killed 12 years.
"This is a second time I have to bury a kid to street gun violence, and I don't know why," she said.
According to her family, Dickerson worked three jobs to support an aspiring rap career. ABC-7 notes that she last performed at a club in Inglewood on Wednesday.