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Woman missing after reported shooting, possible kidnapping in Whittier

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Police are searching for a missing 19-year-old woman after a reported shooting and potential kidnapping early Sunday morning at Penn Park in Whittier.

A man told officers that he and the woman — identified as Andrea Vazquez — were approached by an “armed suspect” while they were in the parking stalls portion of the park at 13950 Penn Street just after midnight, according to a Whittier Police Department statement.

The “armed suspect” approached the vehicle the man and Vazquez were sitting in and “fired a weapon” in their direction, the man told police.

The man said he ran off, then returned to find blood near his vehicle and Vazquez missing, police said.

Vazquez was described as a female Hispanic, about 5-foot-3, 103 pounds with brownish red hair and brown eyes, who was last seek wearing a black long-sleeve crop top, khaki pants and black low-top Converse shoes. Police say she has a tattoo of the word “Edlyn” on the back of her neck and the Aries constellation on the top of her right hand and has a belly button piercing.

Police did not release a description of the “armed suspect.”

Investigators are asking anyone who was at the park between 11 p.m. on Saturday night and 1 a.m. on Sunday morning to contact them, as well as anyone who has information about the incident.

Police say information can be reported to the department’s on-duty watch commander at 562-567-9255 or to detectives at 562-328-8504 or 562-244-0054. Anonymous tips can also be reported to 562-567-9299, police said.

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