Stray Bullets Kill 1 Witness, Wound Another in Compton Shooting; Gunman Sought

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A 26-year-old woman was fatally shot in Compton when she looked outside of a home after hearing gunfire, authorities said Tuesday.


A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol car is seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

Candice Barcenas was inside a home near the 200 block of North Spring Avenue (map) just after 9 p.m. Monday when she heard gunfire.

As she stood to look from behind a screen door, she was struck by a stray round, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The gunfire, aimed at a 20-year-old man who was riding a bike, also struck a 32-year-old victim who was standing outside the home, the news release stated. The bike rider was not hit.

With a single gunshot wound, Barcenas was taken to a hospital where she later died. The 32-year-old victim, a Compton resident whose gender was not released, was hospitalized and later released.

An unknown male gunman had fired at the bicyclist, and authorities were continuing to investigate. There was no description available of the shooter.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tipster may call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, or text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to 274637, or go to