Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton
Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, 8th District
Captain Morris Smith, Commanding Officer, Southwest Patrol Division
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
3949 South Budlong Avenue
Los Angeles (crime scene)
Los Angeles: On Friday, December 12, 2003, at about 8:30 p.m., 39 year-old Laudelina Salazar, a mother of two children, was sitting on the living room floor of her residence decorating the family Christmas tree. At about the same time, a shooting occurred in the 1100 block of Leighton Avenue. Detectives believe that a stray bullet from that shooting penetrated a metal screen security door, a wood door, and ultimately struck Mrs. Salazar in the neck..
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Mrs. Salazar to a local hospital for medical treatment.
On December 14, 2003, Mrs. Salazar died as a result of her injuries.
The Los Angeles City Council is offering a $25,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for these senseless acts. The family of Laudina Salazar will be in attendance at the news conference.
The motive and the suspect(s) identity are unknown.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Southwest Area Homicide Detectives, at 213-847-1310. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).
This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer Lucy Diaz, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.