Escondido CA— Last night, March 7, 2017, at approximately 9:09pm, Escondido Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the 1900 block of E. Grand Ave regarding a vehicle collision.
Once on scene, officers determined that the female driver (and sole occupant) of a silver Toyota Camry, identified as 55-year-old Escondido resident, Catherine Kennedy, had actually been shot once in the head.
According to witnesses, it is believed at least two possible gang members were shooting at each other in the 1800 block of E. Grand Ave. As the shooting was occurring, Kennedy was driving east on Grand Ave and was struck by a stray bullet, causing her to lose control and crash into a parked, unoccupied vehicle. Kennedy was transported to Palomar Hospital but later died as a result of her injuries.
The suspect(s) responsible for this crime have not yet been identified. The investigation into this case is on-going.
The Escondido Police Department is seeking assistance from the public to help solve this tragic crime. If anyone has any information regarding this case, please call Detective Mayfield at (760) 839-4926 or Detective Rodelo at (760) 839-4422, or leave an anonymous tip at 760-743-TIPS (8477).