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Teen girl and man, 26, die in apparent Inglewood murder-suicide

September 22, 2011 | 10:51 am

Map shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well as 82 other homicides (in red) since January 2007. Click here to learn more on the Times' interactive Homicide Report.A 17-year-old girl was killed in an apparent murder-suicide inside an Inglewood optometry center, authorities said Thursday.

The girl, identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as Diana Garcia, died at a hospital after the shooting Wednesday.

The apparent shooter, 26-year-old Christopher James McLeish, was found dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a bathroom at the location.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting about 10:52 a.m. at the Inglewood Optometry Center in the 200 block of North Market Street, according to a police statement.

Witnesses told police a woman had been shot and a man was barricaded inside the business. They were able to remove Garcia, who had sustained a gunshot wound to her upper body.  

A SWAT team entered the building about 1:30 p.m. and found McLeish's body inside. Police said the motive for the shootings had not been determined, but Garcia and McLeish knew each other.

Police ask that anyone with information call the Inglewood Police Department at (310) 412-5246. Anonymous tips may be made at 888-41-CRIME or 888-412-7463.

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Image: Map shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well as 82 other homicides (in red) since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report

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