Woman shot in O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot Tuesday night
On Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, at 9:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported aggravated assault that had just occurred at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1144 Geer Rd, Turlock, where a female had been shot.
An officer arrived on scene in less than a minute to find a 22-year old female down in the parking lot bleeding out. Witnesses pointed out the suspect vehicle, a gold Honda sedan, heading eastbound on Wayside Dr. The officer saw the vehicle as it turned southbound on N Olive Ave and made the decision to chase it because a bystander had already started CPR on the victim.
The officer was able to catch up to the suspect vehicle as it turned eastbound onto E Canal Dr from N Olive Ave. A pursuit ensued and the suspect vehicle fled eastbound onto E Main St from E Canal Dr, continuing onto Arbor Way before crashing into a yard and fence of a residence on N Quincy Rd at the end of Arbor Way while attempting to make a right turn.
The suspect then leg bailed from the vehicle and fled eastbound through the yards of residences as officers set up a perimeter.
Meanwhile at the scene, crews began arriving on scene and took over CPR on the victim from the bystander who was providing it. The victim was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. Her current condition remains unknown.
Detectives and members of the Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene to begin processing it, collecting evidence, measurements, and other relevant information.
At the perimeter, the Modesto Police Department responded with a drone in an effort to try to locate the suspect. The drone yielded no results and the perimeter was broken down after its batteries died.
A few minutes after the perimeter was broken down, a resident from the 1200 block of Estates Dr called police to report that a subject had just ran through their yard. Officers responded to the area and the original officer who was involved in the pursuit came across the suspect. The officer held the suspect and gunpoint and ordered that he surrender, which he did. He was taken into custody without further incident. His identity remains unknown at this time.
The firearm used to commit the crime was recovered at the crash site on N Quincy Rd.
The investigation remains on-going and is still in its very early stages. Additional information will be released once it becomes available, including the identities of the suspect and victim.