Carrie Jean Melvin, photo from her Twitter page.
Sunday night in Los Angeles as a 30 year-old white woman walked with her boyfriend near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, a mysterious Black man walked up behind the couple and without saying a word fired a shotgun blast to the back of the woman’s head, according to police.
The killer was seen carrying the shotgun as he ran to a car and drove away.
The search for the killer continues.
“The man walked up from behind the woman as she walked with her boyfriend in Hollywood near Sunset Boulevard. He aimed a shotgun and killed her just after 10 p.m. Sunday, then stepped into a black sedan and disappeared.
“The motive for the slaying on a McCadden Place sidewalk remains as mysterious as the gunman.
“John Skaggs, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau homicide detail, said there is no evidence suggesting the shooting was part of a botched robbery. And there was no conversation between the couple and the gunman before he opened fire.
““We just don’t know,” Skaggs said. “On one hand, she didn’t have any known enemies. On the other hand, it looks like it was directed toward her. … We’re looking at all angles.””
“The gunman approached the couple from behind and shot the woman in the back of the head using a shotgun, police at the scene said. It was unclear how many times she was shot.
““Witnesses and the boyfriend report that the suspect just appeared and fired the gunshot,” Skaggs said. “There were no words exchanged.”
“The shooting was reported shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday. Police said the victim, identified as Carrie Jean Melvin, 30, of Hollywood was found on Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place near Hollywood High School.
“According to investigators, the suspect approached the woman from behind and shot her. The woman’s boyfriend, who was with her at the time, was not shot. Police said Melvin lived nearby and the two were walking to get something to eat.
“Melvin was pronounced dead at the scene. Her boyfriend was not injured. His identity has not been released.
“Authorities said there is no known motive at this time.
“”We’ve interviewed the boyfriend, there’s no indication that they had any idea there were enemies, that she would be targeted, so at this point we just don’t know,” said Detective John Skaggs.
“Witnesses said the suspect ran to a car, described as a black four-door vehicle, and drove off.
“Police described the suspect as a black male wearing dark clothing and a hoodie. Authorities said they are planning on looking at surveillance footage from nearby businesses to assist in their investigation.”
Two days before her murder, Melvin retweeted a sadly prescient quote:
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln #livelife
— Bristol Who's Who (@BristolWhosWho) July 3, 2015
“”In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln”
(The quote is reportedly of uncertain origin, however.)