WHITTIER (CBSLA) — Officers with the Whittier Police Department confirmed Tuesday that a woman was found fatally shot inside of a Kohl’s in the 15ooo block of Whittwood Lane.
According to police, a man and a woman started arguing at about 5:30 p.m. near the registers when the man pulled out a firearm and shot the woman before fleeing on foot — leaving behind stunned and terrified customers and workers.
“She just called me crying,” Memo Torres, the father of a Kohl’s worker, said. “She only heard shots, that’s it. She only heard just the gun going on.”
Police said the victim, a woman who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It was chaos, from what I understand,” Officer Hugo Figueroa, spokesperson for the Whittier Police Department, said. “A lot of people were in panic mode after they heard the gunshot, and saw the victim down on the ground.
Police believe the man and the woman knew each other and that the woman was specifically targeted.
The suspect was described only as a Hispanic male. There were no other injuries reported.