14-year-old Unique Russell was killed while attending a fireworks show on the 4th of July, reports KTLA.com.
According to the L.A. County Sheriff’s office, a 12-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man were also shot. Two men reportedly shot into the crowd of revelers from a van across the street. They remain at large.
“[Unique] was laying [in the street], she didn’t look like she was breathing and wasn’t moving. We saw someone [shot] in the yard and someone else laying next to her,” said neighbor Dustin Shaffer.
According to witnesses, it was extremely difficult to differentiate between gunshots and fireworks. Unique’s cousin, Dywain Bowden, blamed gang violence for the girl’s death: