Check out the two crime scenes as Modesto police investigate shooting
Modesto police are investigating the shooting death of a 34-year-old woman, who at emergency dispatchers’ direction was taken to the McDonald’s on Ninth Street in downtown Modesto early Monday morning.
McDonald’s employee Mary McCurdy said a red pickup truck pulled into the restaurant’s parking lot at exactly 4:30 a.m. Monday. A male got out of the vehicle, and within a minute or two she saw emergency personnel on scene.
Modesto Police Department Lt. Rigo DeAlba said the shooting victim was being driven to a Modesto hospital when dispatchers told the driver to stop at McDonald’s because it was an easily recognizable spot where emergency medical responders could get to the victim faster.
Lifesaving measures were performed on the victim in the parking lot, Sgt. Jamie Demings said, but she succumbed to her wounds. The woman’s body apparently remained behind a privacy screen in the McDonald’s parking lot as of 7 a.m. The McDonald’s drive-through was taped off, as was the entire parking lot, but customers were able to enter the restaurant.
While police were heading to McDonald’s, they got a call that the shooting occurred about two miles away, on the 200 block of Kerr Avenue, Demings said. At that crime scene — just south of Yosemite Boulevard near the Modesto Gospel Mission — Demings said the woman apparently was shot in the street.
She lived nearby and was able to make it to her home. People she lived with, who heard the shots, were on their way outside, saw her and began to take her to a hospital, Demings said. They called 911 on the way and, in what’s a typical procedure, were directed by dispatch to a closer, easily identifiable location, the sergeant said.
No suspects had been identified, DeAlba said.
Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about it is urged to contact the Modesto Police Department at 209-572-9500 or Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips also can be submitted via www.stancrimetips.org.