UPDATED: ‘Person of interest’ sought in fatal shooting of young woman in Pasadena


PASADENA — Police sought a “person of interest” Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young woman inside a Raymond Avenue apartment, authorities said.
The fatal shooting was first reported about 8:45 a.m. at a home in the 1500 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Officers responded to reports of gunfire and encountered the wounded victim, a woman estimated to be 19 years old, Clawson said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“There’s a person of interest we’re looking for,” Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said. “We can’t label that person a suspect at this time.”
Police withheld the identity of the person they were seeking as a SWAT team, with help from a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bloodhound, scoured the area.
“They are doing a comprehensive search of the outlying neighborhood,” Gourdikian said.
Meanwhile, forensic investigators combed over the homicide scene for clues.
Neighbor William Hernandez said a young man and his teenage brother lived at the apartment and that the shooting stemmed from a dispute between the older brother and his girlfriend.

0217_NWS_PSN-L-RAYMOND187.3Police declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, and would not describe the relationship between the dead woman and the person of interest.
Another neighbor, who asked that her name be withheld, said she heard three gunshots followed by female voices yelling, “Why did you do it?”
Police placed a teenage boy into a squad car and questioned him at the scene, however he was not placed in handcuffs.
Family members gathered at the scene did not wish to comment.
The homicide is the first reported in Pasadena this year. The city saw three homicides in 2013, according to department records.

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