Deadly shooting inside Kensington residence claims 59-year-old woman: officials

Tragedy unfolded inside a residence on a street in Kensington as a 59-year-old woman was shot to death.

The gunfire broke out on the 3400 block of Crystal Street, in Kensington, Friday afternoon, just after 1 p.m., officials said.

The woman later identiified as 59-year-old Gladys Rivera-Perez, was struck by a stray bullet fired outside of the residence. The bullet broke a window and hit the woman in the chest.

After the shooting, the woman was driven to St. Christopher’s Hospital in a private vehicle. She died at the hospital.

The initial investigation revealed that a fight between teenage females occurred on the 3400 block of Tampa Street. 

They say a white vehicle then arrived, and the suspect exited the driver's side door, brandishing a firearm. As multiple people began to run, the suspect fired a shot at them, then chased the group and fired another shot on the 600 block of E. Ontario Street.

Rivera-Perez was sitting on the porch of 34XX Crystal Street, heard the shots and went inside the residence, followed by the fleeing group. 

Then they say the suspect fired two shots into the residence, striking the victim as she attempted to go to the second floor.

Investigators received Information about a vehicle that the suspect(s)  fled in, which was traced to an address on the 1300 block of Saint Vincent. 

A barricade was declared, and the residence was cleared. The owner of the vehicle was inside and was taken to the Homicide Unit for questioning before being released pending further investigation.

The suspect is described as a 39-year-old Hispanic male with a stocky build, long beard, red shirt, and dark-colored baseball cap, was not inside. The investigation is ongoing with the Homicide Unit.


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