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Kendahl Thena Williams, 18

Kendahl Thena Williams (2010-03-27)

Kendahl Williams, an 18-year-old woman, was shot and killed Saturday, March 27, in the 900 block of West 68th Street in Vermont-Slauson in an incident witnessed by police officers, authorities said.

Williams and a group of friends, including a 22-year-old man, were walking on the sidewalk shortly after 10 p.m., when a black 1998 Nissan Maxima with 4-doors and tinted windows stopped near them, according to an LAPD news release. The front passenger of the car fired multiple times at the group, striking Williams and the 22-year-old man, police said.

LAPD officers in the area saw the shooting and immediately followed the Nissan Maxima. The car drove west on 66th Street to Kansas Street where its occupants got out and ran. Investigators recovered the car and weapons allegedly used in the shooting but were still trying to identify and locate the suspects.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and took both victims to a hospital. Williams suffered from gunshot wounds in the lower torso and was pronounced dead at 11:57 p.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office.

The second victim was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg, according to police. He remains in the hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to call Criminal Gang Homicide Dets. C. Geiger and D. Dilkes at (213) 485-1383. LAPD officials said anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

--Sarah Ardalani

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