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Woman shot in the eye

44-year-old victim of Manteca drive-by shooting

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Woman shot in the eye

Watch Commander Brian Holland and Officer April Smith investigate a drive-by shooting Friday night at the northeast corner of Birchwood and Crestwood avenues that left a 44-year-old woman with a wo...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED July 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Six shots rang out at about 9:40 p.m. Friday in a drive-by shooting that left a 44-year-old Hispanic woman wounded in the face next to a stop sign at the northeast corner of the Birchwood and Crestwood avenues intersection north of Kmart.

A neighbor who was relaxing with family members around their pool “just eating potato chips, salsa and beer” heard the shots and ran to the woman’s aid. He attempted to comfort her where he found her crouching on her knees and holding her face on the sidewalk in a fetal position up against a chain link fence.  He said she told him her name and her age and said she was shot in the eye by someone in a white Caprice driving west out of Birchwood Avenue.

Another neighbor across the street said he had been relaxing inside his home and listening to the radio when he heard the gunfire and went outside to investigate.

Police said the woman and a male companion were walking away from their car toward K-Mart three blocks to the south at Northgate Drive to get help after their Hyundai sedan had broken down on Crestwood just north of the Birchwood intersection.

Three separate neighbors reported hearing six shots in rapid succession at about 9:40 p.m.

A woman at the family pool party said her two girls, 8 and 10 years old, ran out of the back of the house and called to her that someone was fumbling with the front door.  She said she locked them in the bathroom and went to investigate with the men in the family but found no one on the front porch.

Police searched the area for spent casings but wouldn’t confirm that any were located in the roadway, at nearby houses or on the sidewalk. 

The woman was immediately transported by ambulance to the San Joaquin County Hospital in French Camp where a police officer went to attempt an interview her about the shooting.

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