Woman who grew up in Morro Bay shot dead in Hollywood

July 7, 2015
Carrie Jean Melvin

Carrie Jean Melvin

A 30-year-old woman who grew up in Morro Bay died Sunday night after a man approached her from behind on a street in Hollywood and shot her in the back of the head. [NBC LA]

Carrie Jean Melvin, 30, was walking with her boyfriend on McCadden Place near Sunset Boulevard around 10 p.m. The gunman, who remains at large, fired only the shot that killed Melvin and then fled in a black car.

The boyfriend, who was not injured in the attack, told police that no words were exchanged prior to the shooting. The couple was walking to a restaurant at the time.

Melvin moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in the entertainment industry after studying film and digital media production at University of California Santa Cruz. Her family still lives in Morro Bay.

“She lit up a room. She was bright and multi-talented,” said Bernard Melvin, Carrie’s father. “It’s the call that no parent wants to get.”

Bernard Melvin said her daughter was in a happy relationship with her boyfriend. Police say they don’t know of any reasons someone would attack her.

Investigators say about a dozen homicides have taken place within a mile of Sunday’s killing over the past year. None of the previous cases have similarities, though.

The gunman is described as a man in his 20s who was wearing a hood. Investigators are requesting that additional witnesses come forward and contact LAPD.



  1. SamLouis says:

    It does appear that some are ignorant with regard to the violent crime rate in the US. It has continued to drop for the last several years and it’s now at the lowest level in decades. That doesn’t help Ms. Melvin or her loved ones, but it’s the facts:




  2. svflicka says:

    Like it or not, CalCoastNews, KSBY and other local media are guilty of media censorship by not disclosing the race of this man, be it white, hispanic or black; it’s part of the story, part of the FACTS. The FACT is that if this were a WHITE ON BLACK crime it would have already made national news and everyone would be up in arms and maybe rioting about it. and btw, Gun Control is not the answer. Only criminals will have guns and the good people of the U.S.A. would be rendered without self defense. It isn’t going to happen in this country.

    That being said, my condolences go out to the Melvin family. I cannot imagine losing a daughter, and Carrie was a beautiful soul on the threshold of a great life, and that was robbed from her by this senseless act of violence.

    • zaphod says:

      ” news from the scene saying they are looking for a black male in his twenties with no accomplice who got into a black SUV auto and left the area.” mentioned earlier.

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