LANCASTER — Sheriff’s homicide detectives late Sunday night were still at the scene where a woman was shot to death in east Lancaster.
The incident reportedly happened around 4:45 p.m. at the Smoke Shack in the 100 Block of East Avenue J.
A female employee, believed to be in her 20s, was shot inside the store, according to lead homicide detective Brown.
Brown said there were multiple employees and customers inside the store at the time of the shooting, but the incident was not the result of a robbery.
Detectives could be seen removing the shells from a loaded shotgun in front of the store Sunday evening. Brown confirmed the shotgun was possibly the weapon used in the shooting, but could not release any further details.
“We have no suspects detained, but we have several people, who are cooperating, who are waiting to be interviewed by us so that we can determine what happened,” Brown said Sunday night.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The woman’s name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
We will have more information on this incident as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATED 1/27 @11:30 p.m.: ABC News reports a fellow employee is in custody for the shooting, and the man claims the shooting was an accident. The man told investigators he was moving the shotgun used to protect the store when it went off and struck the female employee in the chest, according to ABC 7. Detectives are still interviewing the male employee and are not releasing any details until a preliminary investigation is completed.