LANCASTER – A girl was shot and killed in Lancaster Friday night, authorities said.
The shooting happened around 9:32 p.m. Friday, March 27, at a mobile home park in the 1300 block of East Avenue I, according to Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Paramedics rushed the female juvenile to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Saldana said. Her exact age was not released, and as of Sunday afternoon, her name was being withheld pending next of kin notification.
However, friends and family members who held a candlelight vigil at the scene Saturday evening identified the victim as Rosie Cruz.
The victim did not live at the mobile home park but had come by to visit friends when the shooting occurred, according to one of the park’s tenants.
“I heard shots, I came outside to see and she was down in the middle of the driveway,” the tenant said.
Homicide detective Eddie Hernandez told the Antelope Valley Press that the girl was hanging out with some friends and apparently got caught in the crossfire when a shooting broke out between groups of Hispanic men.
Hernandez could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Anyone with any information regarding the shooting is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
UPDATED 3/30/15: The victim has been identified as Rosario Cruz, 18, according to the coroner’s office and sheriff’s officials. She was known to friends as “Rosie.”