Los Angeles – On Sunday, February 25, 2001, at approximately 2:15 a.m., 24 year-old Astrid Zelada "Sandy" was driving her car eastbound on Southwest Avenue and stopped at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue. As Zelada was waiting for the tri-light signal to turn green unknown suspects approached her and without warning shot her in the upper torso. Although severely wounded, she was able to drive eastbound on 62nd Street and after hitting the east curb of Van Ness Avenue, her car stopped. A Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Unit transported her to a local hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.
The motive is unknown. The suspect(s) and weapon remain outstanding.
77th Street Homicide Detectives are handling the investigation. Anyone with information can contact Detectives George Diaz and Richard Guzman at 77th Street Homicide, 213-485-1385 during business hours or the 77th Street Area Community Police Station Watch Commander at 213-485-2389.
This Press Release was prepared by Officer Guillermo Campos, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.