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Woman shot in neck in apparent drive-by

July 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A woman neighbors say is the mother of a law enforcement officer is in the hospital after being wounded in a drive-by shooting.The victim was in her house in an unincorporated area of Whittier when she was shot.

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According to investigators, the victim is the mother of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy. Police say the woman's wound is not life-threatening and she's going to be OK. She's in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department released a statement Monday which said: "Although the victim's son is a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy, there is no information at this time that indicates the shooting was related to his employment as a deputy. At this point, the shooting appears to be a random act of violence."

The shooting happened Sunday just after 11 p.m. on 11700 block of Keith Drive. Authorities believe the shooting is possibly gang-related.

Letters mark the bullet holes clustered at the corner of a living room window. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says one bullet hit a woman inside the home, grazing her neck.

"I thought they were firecrackers for sure," said neighbor Margie Gonzalez.

Margie says she thought nothing of the noise, but her husband Jose looked outside to see what was going on.

"The motor to the car I heard, you know, and I opened the window, but I don't know what side, what side the car go, left or right," said Jose.

Authorities say the shooting was a drive-by, but they don't have a vehicle or suspect description.

One neighbor said two weeks ago somebody spray-painted graffiti on the street, a car, and on the woman's house, which has since been painted over.

"He's been a good boy, we've known him for a long time," said Margie. "He's never gotten into any problems with anybody."

Longtime residents say they feel safe in the neighborhood, but knowing their neighbor is wounded is shocking and unsettling.

"It's a safe little neighborhood," said neighbor Diane Norem. "I'm OK with my kids living here, and my son is disabled. And if I weren't OK with him living here, we wouldn't live here. You know, so it's just kind of a shock and a surprise, you know. I hope she's OK."

The Sheriff's Department is hoping the public can help officers with any information on this case. If you have any information regarding the shooting, you're urged to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Pico Rivera station at (562) 949-2421.

Eyewitness News Reporter Melissa MacBride contributed to this story.  

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