Actress shot to death at apartment

LOS ANGELES -- Actress Rebecca Schaeffer, who co-starred in the television series, 'My Sister Sam,' was shot to death Tuesday at her apartment by an unidentified man, police said.

Schaeffer, 22, who has a role in the recently released film, 'Class Struggle in Beverly Hills,' was shot in the upper torso at 10:15 a.m. when she opened the security door of her apartment complex in West Hollywood, detective Dan Andrews said.


The motive was not known, he said.

Paramedics took Schaeffer to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died, Andrews said.

Schaeffer lived alone and probably opened the glass security door after her doorbell rang, he said. It was not known whether Schaeffer saw the man who killed her or whether he concealed himself before she opened the door, Andrews said.

Neighbors told police the man was seen loitering in the area three hours earlier.

The gunman fled north and disappeared into an alley, Andrews said.

He was believed to be 20- to 30-years-old, about 5-foot-7, with curly brown hair. He was wearing a yellow shirt, jeans and sandals, Andrews said.

Schaeffer co-starred with Pam Dawber on the 'My Sister Sam' show.

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