While the father of a 30-year-old woman fatally shot near her Hollywood apartment spoke about his loss on Wednesday, an LAPD detective said investigators have no leads and no tips in the case.
Carrie Jean Melvin died after a “random act of violence” about 10:15 p.m. Sunday night, Los Angeles Police Department Detective John Skaggs said early Monday.
On McCadden Place near Sunset Boulevard, the shooter approached wordlessly and fired on Melvin from behind, hitting her in the back of the head, and then fleeing sedan, according to police.
Melvin’s father said his daughter had just finished work and was on the way to dinner with her boyfriend when she was killed less than a half-block from their home.
The area is heavily populated and near L.A. tourist attractions.
"It certainly has all the signs that she was targeted,” Bernie Melvin said. “It’s such an incredible, senseless loss. We’re devastated.”
Two of Carrie Jean Melvin's friends spent Wednesday packing up her apartment.
"She didn't deserve anything like this," said friend Samantha Persall. "Somebody out there knows something, so we'd like to hear that. We'd like to figure this out."
The victim, who grew up Morro Bay, had moved to Hollywood about four years earlier and worked as a waitress and bartender. She had recently launched an online business and wanted to work in film, radio and digital media, her father said.
"Carrie was the happiest she has ever been ... We knew this. She was with someone she loved," Bernie Melvin said. "She was where she wanted to be, and her life was taken."
The family does not believe the victim’s boyfriend was involved in the crime, and he was continuing to cooperate with police, with no indication that he was involved, Skaggs said Wednesday.
“No clues are yielding anything significant,” Skaggs said.
The gunman was described only as a black man in his 30s in dark clothing who fled northbound on McCadden Place in a black sedan.
Bernie Melvin said the family feared the killing would remain unsolved. He urged anyone with information to talk to police.
Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call West Bureau Homicide detectives at 213-382-9470. During nonbusiness hours or on weekends, calls should be directed 877-527-3247.
Anonymous tipsters may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or by texting to 274637 and beginning the message with "LAPD," or by clicking on “webtips” at LAPDonline.org.