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Lisa La Pierre
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  • Jan. 18, 2010

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Lisa La Pierre, 42 [Updated]

dLisa La Pierre, a 42-year-old white woman, died in a hospital Monday, Jan. 18, more than 15 years after she was shot at Santa Monica Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue in West Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said coroner's investigators have not completed La Pierre's autopsy. Winter said she was shot July 11, 1994, but he had no other information about the incident.

Her death was listed as a homicide.

[Updated March 23: After initially listing La Pierre's death as a homicide, coroner's officials deferred a final determination pending additional tests].

[Updated Feb. 28, 2011: Coroner's officials said La Pierre died from acute pneumonia as a result of her quadriplegia. Her death was deemed a homicide.]

-- Anthony Pesce

The following is a short story on the shooting that ran in The Times on July 14, 1994:  Gunman Injures 2 Women in Parked Car With 1 Bullet

A 26-year-old Torrance woman remained in critical condition Wednesday after she and a friend were wounded by the same bullet during a shooting early Monday morning.

Lisa Ann La Pierre regained consciousness on Tuesday and is able to recognize family members, said a spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The other victim, 21-year-old Samantha Holcomb, also of Torrance, was treated at Cedars Sinai and released.

Homicide detectives planned to meet with the victims on Wednesday to develop a detailed composite drawing of the suspect.

Sheriff's Deputy Larry Mead said the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. as the two women sat in their parked car on North Sweetzer Avenue just south of Santa Monica Boulevard.

A gunman approached the driver's side of the car and fired a shot from a large-caliber semiautomatic handgun, Mead said. The bullet passed through La Pierre's neck and struck Holcomb in the left thigh.

The suspect in Monday's shooting matches the description of a man sought in a holdup on July 2.

That incident occurred in the 8500 block of Sunset Boulevard when a gunman approached a man while he was sitting in his parked car. The suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's money and car keys. The gunman fled on foot with about $30 in cash, Mead said. No shots were fired.

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