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Jennifer Ann Dickerson, 31

Jennifer Ann Dickerson, a 31-year-old black woman, was fatally shot Friday, July 29, in the 1300 block of West Pacific Coast Highway in Harbor City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 1:50 p.m., at least five people were working at a barbecue stand in a Pep Boys parking lot when a person walked up and began shooting, Los Angeles police Officer George Romulo said.

Dickerson and a 34-year-old man were struck by the gunfire, Romulo said. Police are reviewing surveillance footage in the area.

The suspect has been described as a black man who was wearing some sort of mask or bandanna around his face, Romulo said.

Dickerson was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at 3 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Police are still trying to determine a motive, but said Dickerson was not the intended target.

Dickerson, a Compton native, was an aspiring rapper who worked for a security company, the barbecue stand and Mom’s Burgers in Compton, said her mother, Valarie Holyfield. Dickerson, described as a caring and gentle person, was the oldest of six children.

“She was just a go-getter,” Holyfield said.

Inspired by the 2004 shooting death of her brother, 15-year-old Harvey Dickerson, Jennifer Dickerson began writing songs to express herself.

"She found her way of releasing her emotions through her music," Holyfield said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Harbor Division detectives at (310) 726-7887 or (310) 726-7880. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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