Gunfire Kills Man, Wounds Homeless Woman in San Bernardino

Woman was sitting some 400 yards away from the initial shooting when she was hit by a bullet, police say.

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    Bullets shattered this car window on Sunday, March 24, 2013, in San Bernardino where gunfire killed a man in his 20s, and wounded a homeless woman in her 30s.

    The shooter responsible for killing a man in San Bernardino and wounding a homeless woman with a stray bullet was still at large Sunday evening, authorities said.

    Gunfire killed a 22-year-old Los Angeles man in a parking lot near 191 West 2nd Street shortly after noon Sunday, Sgt. Gary Robertson said. The identity of the man was not immediately released.

    A stray bullet struck and wounded a 35-year-old homeless woman who was in her encampment about 300 yards away from the initial shooting.

    Richard Burns, the victim’s boyfriend, said the pair was sitting in their camp when they heard about 20 gunshots. At first, he thought it was firecrackers but quickly noticed that bullets were hitting the dirt embankment next to where they were seated.

    "I yelled at my girlfriend Rachelle to get down and the shooting stopped, but she had already been hit by then," Burns said.

    The victim was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. Her condition was not known late Sunday, but shortly after the shooting, Burns said his girlfriend had been struck in the side and was “not bleeding too bad.”

    About 40 yards away, a church service was in session when shots were fired, Robertson said.

    Authorities said the shooter fled in a light-colored sport utility vehicle, but had no additional description. A motive for the shooting was unknown.

    Gunfire 7 miles away in Rialto killed a 28-year-old man and wounded two other man shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. Investigators said they're working to determine if the two shootings are related.

    Sunday's shooting in San Bernardino marked the 10th killing in the city this year, the Press Enterprise reports. That's twice as many than at this time last year.

    Anyone with information in the case is asking to call the San Bernardino Police Department at 909-384-5656 or 909-384-5742.

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