Teenage Girl Gunned Down, Killed

A teenager was shot and killed early Sunday morning and a manhunt was under way for the gunman, San Diego police lieutenant Terry McManus said. 

Officers were called to the 700 block of 42nd Street in Mountainview at about 2:40 a.m. on Sunday.  When officers arrived they found a young woman suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

"Patrol officers and paramedics provided emergency medical care including CPR; however the victim did not survive her injuries," McManus said.  The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:59 a.m.

"The victim was visiting friends...  she was standing on the sidewalk in front of the residence with at least one other person when they were approached by the unknown suspects who fired 2-3 rounds from a handgun in the direction of the victim and her friend," McManus said.  The victim was shot once in the lower abdominal area. 

The victim has not been identified but police believe she is a juvenile.  The motivation for the shooting is not clear, nor is it clear whether or not the victim was the intended target, McManus said.

People who knew the victim said she was a happy, good-natured person.  They said they called her "Skippy" because she skipped everywhere.  They also said she was a bit of a clown and got along well with everyone.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to telephone Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293.

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