An investigation is underway Wednesday after somebody fatally shot a woman in a residential area of Compton the previous night, authorities said.
Officers responded to a call about a gunshot victim around 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of East San Luis Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The deputies found a woman with at least one gunshot wound to her upper torso, the agency said. She was taken to the hospital, where she was declared dead.
An individual in a vehicle had approached the woman and asked her where she was from before firing multiple rounds at her, investigators learned.
A woman named Gloria, who was at the scene, identified the victim as her daughter Monica Abarca.
Abarca was walking home with her cousin from a store when the perpetrator shot her in the face, Gloria told KTLA. The victim leaves behind a 12-year-old son, the mother said.
An area resident described Abarca as a nice person who always helped out her neighbors.
Authorities provided no further details.
Anyone with information can call homicide detectives at 323-890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), using the mobile app "P3 Tips" or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.
KTLA's Michael McGregor contributed to this report.