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Authorities identify woman gunned down on Christmas night in South Los Angeles

December 26, 2010 |  6:13 pm

Map shows location of Saturday's shooting in purple, as well as nearby homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.

The woman killed in a Christmas night shooting outside a friend’s house in South Los Angeles has been identified as 25-year-old Kashmier James, according to Los Angeles County coroner's Investigator Robert Fierro.

The woman was leaving her car near the intersection of 85th Street and Western Avenue about 10:30 p.m. when two men in a blue Chevrolet Tahoe approached and fired nine shots at her, striking her in the head, L.A. police said.

Police are treating the shooting as gang-related. Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call LAPD detectives at (213) 485-4175.

Since January 2007, at least 137 homicides were reported within two miles of the shooting scene, according to a database compiled by the Los Angeles Times' Homicide Report.


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Map: Shows location of Saturday's shooting in purple, as well as 137 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report