Woman shot repeatedly by her estranged husband
A woman repeatedly shot in downtown Santa Monica by her estranged husband, who was later killed by police, was fighting for her life today.
Police refused to name the woman, but said she was hospitalized in critical condition.
Witnesses said she was shot at least once in the back of the head, and again at close range in the upper body once she was on the ground.
She apparently had just left work at a Verizon Wireless office on Seventh Street near Santa Monica Boulevard when she was shot while sitting in her car about 6:15 p.m. Friday.
The woman managed to get out of the car, but was shot at least one more time.
As few as six shots and as many as dozen were fired, the Santa Monica Mirror reported.
Police soon found the gunman, identified as 33-year-old James Stephen Ramirez, and shot him dead in the 1400 block of Ninth Street after he allegedly shot at them.