LAWRENCE, Mass. — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman in Lawrence, whose body was found inside a crashed car.

A spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett says police responded to reports of gunfire and a car crash just before 7 p.m. Sunday. As officers attempted to give the crash victim first aid, they noticed she had several gunshot wounds. The victim, identified Monday as 25-year-old Mindy Tran, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

There was no word on any arrests or suspects.

Mayor Dan Rivera says the shooting appeared to be a botched drug deal and was a “symptom of a larger problem” facing many communities. He said it’s likely the shooter and woman knew each other but had no connection to the neighborhood.


This story has been corrected to change the time of the shooting/crash to just before 7 p.m. not 5 p.m., per law enforcement.