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Woman fatally shot at check-cash business

October 7, 2009 12:19:12 AM PDT
A woman was shot in an apparent robbery attempt at her Lynwood check-cashing business.Authorities don't have many leads this early in the investigation. They're not yet certain exactly what happened or whether a robbery took place.

A mail carrier discovered the victim's body some time after 10 a.m. Wednesday inside the business. Wednesday afternoon, family members identified the victim as 66-year-old Esperanza Serrano.

Authorities believe Serrano was killed shortly after she showed up for work at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Veronica Ochoa, who worked with the victim, said she was a kind and friendly woman who had owned the business for 30 years.

"Very nice. Very nice, very nice person," said Gilbert Machado, a customer of the business. "And it's just a tragedy that this had to happen."

The victim's uncle identified the woman as Esperanza Serrano, and while the family is devastated by the killing, authorities have very little to go on and they're asking for the public's help.

"If it was in fact a robbery attempt like it appears to be now, perhaps somebody in the public saw a vehicle, saw a person, can give us any kind of description of vehicles or persons that they saw in the area that were either acting suspiciously, or out of place, or they've never seen before, and it would help, it would just give us some more leads because we just don't have any suspect information at this time," said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Dolson.

Homicide investigators are now looking into any possible surveillance cameras that may be in the area. They're hoping cameras may have captured some information that will help them to find this suspect.

Investigators urge anyone in the public who might have any information relating to this case to call authorities at (323) 890-5500.

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