14-year-old Girl Shot in Face, Suspect Sought

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girlshotLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Police are asking for help finding the suspect who shot a 14-year-old girl in the face as she walked with friends.

It happened around 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 9 on Vernon Avenue near Hooper Avenue.

The victim, Jessica Garcia, remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 18 and 25 years old with black or dark brown hair.

He is about 5’5″ to 5’7″ tall and weighs about 120 pounds. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Newton Area detectives at (818) 644-8115 or (818) 644-8021.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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  • Anonymous

    I hope she’s ok and they find the criminal. Furthermore, the parents of this girl should also be held accountable. Totally irresponsible parenting. No child that age should be out at 1:20 in the morning, school night or not. Any woman can bear a child, but only some are capable of being a parent.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to hear about the girl but I agree whats with the parents make them take some responsiblity.she should be home asleep.maybe they should tie her down to the bed

  • Guest2012

    What's a 14 yr old girl doing out at 1:20 a.m. anyway???? Oh yeah, it's South L.A. I hope they arrest her so called "parents" for child neglect.

  • Robert

    Are you people really this dense…This isn’t the only person to get hurt not doing anything wrong in South Central Los Angeles…This girl was sweet and a pretty clean person…She truly didn’t deserve anything close to that…It could’ve been anyone…It’s a crazy feeling when somebody pulls a gun on you and starts going through your pockets…”I hope they arrest the parents” Wtf…I hope they get the so called “G” that shot her……

  • Anonymous

    He has been arrested after the 50k reward. Guess what? His other 2 companions turned him in for the money. FYI he is a stupid minor that had nothing better to do. Now he'll have less to do in jail.

  • imani

    why is the fact that she was out at 1:20 am your concern ? are you her parents ? the main concern is that she got shot and it happend , no matter what time it was…. your all idiots ( except for robert)

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