Many of the clients at California Shooting Sport in Modesto are law enforcement, so when word spread that a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy and community service officer were killed in a crash last week, owner Tyler Thalman and his employees braced for word of who was involved.
They soon learned that Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson, a member at the indoor shooting range, was the passenger in the patrol car driven by Deputy Jason Garner that crashed on Crows Landing Road last week.
Thalman said Johnson had been a member for about a year and it was at California Shooting Sport, on Briggsmore Avenue at Carver Road, where she overcame her fear of firearms and became an avid shooter.
“That is why my wife and I built the facility,” Thalman said. “To allow people to learn to overcome a fear and we wanted them to feel comfortable here. (Johnson) became someone who came in here regularly and was always happy and cheerful and brought her kids.”
He and his employees wanted to do something to help Johnson’s family so on Saturday (May 20) California Shooting Sports will donate 100 percent of its proceeds for daily range fees and annual membership fees to the Johnson family. They cost $20 and $265, respectively.
“I realize money doesn’t fix a lot of these problems, the problems a lot bigger than money, but that is just something we can do right now” to help, said Thalman.
California Shooting Sports is located at 2045 W. Briggsmore Avenue. The business is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A Turlock restaurant also doing a fundraiser this weekend for both Johnson and Garner. Carnivore’s BBQ Sandwich Shop will be donating its proceeds from all ‘family meal deals’ sold Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The deal consists of a pound of smoked meat, half a dozen dinner rolls, two large side items and dipping sauces for $23.95. Carinvore’s is located at 2686 Geer Road.