Los Angeles police are investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old Marine from Camp Pendleton over the weekend.
El Salvador native Carlos Segovia joined the Marines about six months ago and was “known around his community for his volunteering and service work.” He was found “slumped over and unconscious” in a car late Friday night, after he left the base to visit friends and family for the weekend, police said.
Family friend Claudia Perez told authorities that Segovia was on his way to her house –where he usually stayed—when he was hit by gunfire, the LA Times reported.
Segovia is now in the hospital fighting for his life and is “unlikely to survive,” according to the Times article.
Meantime, police have not found any connections to gangs or other criminal activity that would have made the victim a target of gun violence.
“It was not gang-on-gang violence like you normally see on South L.A. streets. He left a base to see his family and was murdered in the streets,” Perez said.
So far, police don’t have any suspects.
“At this point, it’s absolutely a mystery,” said LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham. “Like so many cases in South L.A., we have nothing to go on at this point.”
Family members are pleading with the public to come forward with any information.
“He was a motivator,” Perez said. “He was very positive. If you said you couldn’t do it, [Carlos] said, ‘Yes, you can.’”
Author Michele Katz: Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.
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