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Mom of slain LAPD officer wounded in shooting [Updated]

May 18, 2009 | 12:01 pm


A 50-year-old woman wounded after being struck by an errant bullet in West L.A. is the mother of slain Los Angeles police officer Ricardo Lizarraga, authorities said today.

Christina Lizarraga, 50, had just stepped outside her home about 5:15 p.m. Friday when she was shot in the pelvis in the 3100 block of S. Halm Avenue near La Cienega Boulevard.

Lizarraga200 Police said the intended victim was an unidentified man targeted by three suspects, believed to be gang members. The man, who was doing yard work at Lizarraga's home, was beaten by the suspects and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

Lizarraga was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the same hospital her son was taken to in 2004 when he was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call.

Ricardo Lizarraga, 30, was killed by parolee Kenrick Johnson in a South Los Angeles apartment. Johnson later hanged himself from bedsheets tied to the bars in his cell in a high-security area of the Twin Towers jail.

Christina Lizarraga's shooting is being investigated by LAPD's robbery homicide division.

Update, 12:19 p.m: LAPD Capt. Dennis Cremins said three people were in custody in connection with the incident, including a woman who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and two men who were detained for parole violations.

"There was a struggle over a gun. She [Lizarraga] was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Cremins said.

[An earlier version of this post misspelled Christina Lizarraga's name as Christian.]

-- Andrew Blankstein


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Photo: Ricardo Lizarraga. Credit: LAPD