An investigation is underway Thursday after a woman was found with a bullet wound to her head in an apparent car-to-car shooting in Panorama City.
The shooting was reported near the intersection of Van Nuys Boulevard and Arminta Street about 2:35 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Robert Moreno said.
Officers arrived to find a disabled vehicle stopped on the center divider.
A 21-year-old woman was found inside the vehicle with a bullet wound to the left side of her head, Moreno said.
She was taken to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition.
The victim, who was headed southbound on Van Nuys Boulevard, was stopped at a red light when a second vehicle pulled up and opened fire, Lt. Michael Kozak said.
The victim then drove a short distance before the car became disabled on the center divider.
There was no evidence that any words were exchanged prior to the shooting, said Kozak, who stated it was still too early to tell for sure if the shooting was random or not.
Moreno stated earlier that the shooting"appears to be a random incident," but also mentioned investigators still hadn't made an official determination.
“My heart goes out to the family and her friends. This is a senseless act," Moreno said.
The victim was driving with two male occupants in the car at the time of the shooting.
At least one of them entered a nearby convenience store and talked to an employee.
“The gentleman was frantic. He was very upset. He was sweating. He was having a hard time breathing,” the employee said.
It's unclear if the shooting was gang related, but there is no indication that any of the people in the victim's vehicle were gang members, Kozak said.
“No matter what the circumstances are in life, nobody deserves to be shot while they’re sitting at an intersection waiting for the light to turn green. That’s just a very cold and callus act perpetrated by cowards that need to come to justice,” Kozak said.
Investigators are searching for a "possibly light-colored vehicle" that was traveling southbound on Van Nuys Boulevard, Moreno said.
No description of the shooter was immediately available.
The victim's vehicle appeared to have an Uber sticker on the windshield, but Moreno said investigators do not believe she was driving for Uber.
Authorities are searching the area for surveillance video or witnesses.