Clotee Annitinette Reyes, 19
Clotee Annitinette Reyes, a 19-year-old black woman, was shot and killed on Saturday, Sept. 30, in the 43000 block of 6th Street East in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Reyes and her boyfriend, Andrew James Chavez, an 18-year-old Latino, had gone to an impromptu party at a friend’s house with about 20 other people, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred.
The group got together on the spur of the moment to celebrate someone’s birthday, Alfred said.
As people were heading outside as the party ended, “some kind of argument occurred,” he said.
Moments later, a car drove up to the departing people and someone inside opened fire, he said. Reyes and Chavez were both struck by gunfire about 1:45 a.m. They were pronounced dead at the scene at 2 a.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death for both was listed as gunshot wounds to the chest.
Investigators got search warrants to look for the weapon inside the house where the party was held and two other residences, Alfred said, and they are interviewing witnesses, but no arrests have been made.
“We think they may have been unintended targets,” Alfred said of the couple. “There was just indiscriminate gunfire and we think they were caught in the middle of it.”
Witnesses have been giving investigators varying versions about what happened, Alfred said, and it’s not clear if the shooters had been at the party earlier before they got into their car.
Reyes lived in Palmdale with her family, Alfred said. Chavez lived in Lancaster in his family’s home.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.