What’s the deal with these “random” shootings?

I like to know there is a reason for a murder. It’s comforting in a twisted way.

I don’t care how illogical or groundless the reason may be, but it’s much less worrying when someone murders another person according to a personal system of articulation, no matter how depraved.

It’s when people murder “randomly” that we feel threatened. For if we live our life correctly, chances are, we won’t be shot in the back. That’s how we perceive most crime…we are in control of our victimhood.

Of course, those of us who have been around the block realize this is bullshit. There is no such thing as a sure thing. Crime can come suddenly and without reason, without recognizable structure. But still.

You’re out for a Sunday night stroll in Hollywood; why would someone just walk up and shoot you dead from behind?

Police were searching Monday for the gunman who fatally shot a woman in Hollywood in an apparent “random act of violence,” according to investigators.

The woman was walking with her boyfriend near Hollywood Boulevard and McCadden Place, about a block away from the heavily-populated intersection Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, when she was shot and killed around 10 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.

“At this time it appears to be a random act of violence and there’s no known motive for what happened,” Detective John Skaggs said.

The gunman approached the couple from behind and shot the woman and unknown number of times.

“Witnesses and the boyfriend report that the suspect just appeared and fired the gunshot,” Skaggs said. “There were no words exchanged.”

The gunman fled the scene in a black four-door vehicle.

The thing that makes me wonder just how “random” this shooting was is the fact the suspect jumped in a getaway car. More than one suspect? Surely reduces the seeming randomness of an incident, unlike the case of Francisco Sanchez’ murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco last week.