Woman wounded in shooting at Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw mall: ‘People were screaming and running’


One person was wounded in a shooting Monday afternoon at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw mall, located near the route of the Kingdom Day Parade honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The shooting was reported about 2:30 p.m. at the mall, located in the 4100 block of Crenshaw Boulevard, said Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The victim, an unidentified female, was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound in her leg, LAPD Sgt. Manuel Arzate said.


Officers found the female victim near the exit of the Sears store, at the southern end of the mall, Arzate said. Investigators have not confirmed if the shooting happened at the Sears or in another section of the mall, Arzate said.

No suspects were in custody, and officers were canvassing the mall to gather evidence.

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Anabel Lemus, 28, was working at a frozen yogurt stand in the mall when she heard what sounded like gunfire in the food court area.

“People were screaming and running and being hysterical,” Lemus told The Times.

“My co-worker and I -- we have a corner where we have our mop. And we went running over there and hid. It was really scary.”

Lemus said she only heard the loud pop of a gunshot, but she did not see anyone with injuries or a person holding a gun.

The mall sits near the midway point of the 31st annual Kingdom Day Parade, which proceeded down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and turned south on Crenshaw Boulevard. A festival in Leimert Park marked the end of the parade, which honors King’s life and legacy.


This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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