ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Escondido police tracked down two suspects, an adult and a minor, in a gang shooting that resulted in the death of a woman who was on her way home from church.
A 24-year-old man and 16-year-old boy were arrested Wednesday in connection to the shooting death of Catherine Kennedy. Police did not release the names of the suspects, but said a detective had to drive to Northern California to find one of them.
The suspects were involved in a dispute with a rival gang spray painting graffiti on an apartment building when one of them allegedly opened fire in the 1900 block of East Grand Avenue in Escondido shortly after 9 p.m. March 7, according to police.
“Rather than talking with them or even fighting them, they decided to pull a gun out and started shooting at them as they were running away,” said Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter.
Kennedy, 55, was fatally shot as she drove home from St. Timothy’s church in Escondido. As she traveled down Grand Avenue, she was struck by a stray bullet from the shooting between two rival gang members, police said.
Her silver Toyota Camry then veered off the roadway and crashed to a halt into a parked car. Medics took the Escondido resident to Palomar Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
The police chief said his detectives have been working tirelessly on the case with hope to bring justice to the Kennedy family. He also vowed to continue his department’s work on gang prevention and intervention.
“They will be receiving a lot of attention. They have options — they can stop being in a gang or look at custody,” said Carter.
The adult suspect will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. while the teenager is set to face a judge Monday.