The woman, identified as 25-year-old Kashmier Shari James, was getting out of her car at the intersection of 85th Street and Western Avenue at 10:30 p.m., Christmas night, said police LAPD watch commander at 77th Street Division Lt. Peter Casey. Authorities said James had been visiting a male acquaintance.
Two men in a dark blue vehicle drove up and fired nine shots at her, striking her in the head, said Casey. The subjects then fled southbound on Western Avenue.
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The woman collapsed outside the car, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The little girl who was still sitting in the back seat was not hurt.
James' 3-year-old daughter was turned over to her father at the 77th Street station.
Casey said the motive for the shooting was not known and the investigation was underway.
A candlelight vigil was held at the crime scene Monday.
Anyone with information on this homicide was asked to call LAPD detectives at 213-485-4175.