Hollywood Shooting Victim Identified as Former Production Assistant
"Everyone you talked to just loved her," her father told the L.A. Times. "She was a joy to be around. When she looked at you, you felt like you were in the spotlight."
The woman who was shot and killed Sunday in Hollywood has been identified by police as 30-year-old Carrie Jean Melvin, a former production assistant who moved to Hollywood four years ago to pursue a career in entertainment.
Melvin's father told the Los Angeles Times that his daughter had worked as a waitress, bartender and production assistant after moving to Los Angeles in 2011 from Morro Bay, Calif.
According to Melvin's LinkedIn profile, she became CEO of a social media management company in June.
"Everyone you talked to just loved her," her father told the Times. "She was a joy to be around. When she looked at you, you felt like you were in the spotlight."
According to investigators, Melvin was fatally shot Sunday night when she and her boyfriend were walking from her apartment on McCadden Place, close to Highland Avenue, toward a Sunset Boulevard restaurant.
Authorities say a man walked up to Melvin, pulled out a shotgun and shot her in the head before getting into a small black car and fleeing the scene, where she subsequently was pronounced dead.
Her boyfriend wasn't injured and told investigators no words were exchanged before she was shot. No motive was apparent.
"We just don’t know,” LAPD Det. John Skaggs told the Times. "On the 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."
Authorities still are searching for the suspect, who has been described as a black male in his mid-20s who was wearing a hoodie and was about 6 feet tall.