Escondido police arrest two in connection with fatal shooting

Posted at 2:15 PM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 22:22:26-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - Police announced Thursday that two people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an Escondido woman last week.

Police said a 24-year-old male adult and a 16-year-old male juvenile have been arrested in connection to the death of 55-year-old Catherine Kennedy, who was hit by a stray bullet in the head during the shooting in the 1800 block of Grand Avenue around 9 p.m. on March 7.

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She was taken to Palomar Hospital, where she died from her injuries. 10News learned soon after that Kennedy was on her way home from a church function.

Police said the shooting occurred when two gang members spotted an opposing gang member doing graffiti. One of the two gang members opened fire on the person. There was no return of gunfire or a shootout.

The identities of the two suspects arrested was not immediately made public by police. Police believe the 24-year-old suspect is the only shooter, Lt. Justin Murphy said in a statement.

Lt. Murphy added both men were arrested for murder, but have yet to be charged by the District attorney.

Police also said there may be more arrests related to the shooting in the future.

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The adult suspect will be arraigned Friday, while the juvenile suspect will be arraigned on Monday, March 20.

Escondido police are still investigating the incident and ask anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers at 760-743-8477 (TIPS). Calls may be left anonymously.

Numerous neighbors came out for a prayer vigil the day following the shooting. A funeral for Kennedy is set for Friday, March 17, at the Church of St. Timothy in Escondido.

"We would like to commend the Escondido Police Department on these arrests and ask that you respect our privacy as we continue through the grieving process in light of this new information," Kevin Kennedy said in a statement.

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter told reporters that it was a very emotional day for the victim’s family but there was a sense of relief and appreciation.  

"Alicia was very tearful and part of that is she wants her mom to be remembered in a nice way for the work she's done in the community and people she's touched. She doesn't want this sad event to define her mother," Chief Carter said, referring to Kennedy's daughter.

Watch the livestream of Escondido Police's announcement:

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