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Woman fatally shot at drive-through ATM in Moreno Valley

Detectives were looking Tuesday for suspects who fatally shot a woman while she was withdrawing money at a drive-through ATM in Moreno Valley.

Carrie Thomas, 23, of Moreno Valley appears to have been the victim of a robbery turned homicide,  Riverside County sheriff's investigators said.

Officers responded to a report of a traffic collision about 11:40 p.m. Sunday and found Thomas with severe injuries in her car, which had crashed into a light pole in the parking lot of the Visterra Credit Union on the 23000 block of Cactus Avenue.

It soon became clear it was not a mere traffic accident. Thomas had been shot several times. Several shell casings littered the scene.

She was taken to the Riverside County Regional Medical Center, where she died Monday at 4:17 a.m.

Thomas, a manager at a Shakey's pizza restaurant, had gone to the credit union to withdraw money after closing for the night, the Press-Enterprise reported.

"It looks like she just happened to be there making a withdrawal at the wrong time," said Cpl. Courtney Donowho.

The Sheriff's Department released a photo from surveillance video that may offer clues about the assailant. But the image is so grainy investigators have not been able to nail down the description of a suspect.

The department urged anyone with more information to call the Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3500.


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Just another reason to NEVER go to an atm at night. Especially in the middle of the night. Prayers for her and her family

What makes me sick is the cheap cheap cheap attitude of american business who install these cheap and crappy surveillance video cameras. Why not install high quality color cameras with fish eye horizon. Oh no !! they would cost too much money. Give me a break Greed , and hypocrisy trumps customer safety and their lives. What a fatal tragedy for this young woman. RIP...

This is the exact reason we should all have a CCW. Imagine if when the degenerate demanded money and pulled his gun, he was met with a .45 acp to the forehead.California needs to make it easier to get our CCW, legalize self preservation!. RIP to the fallen.

I live in Canada and we have a significant lower number of homicides than in the US. Guns kill and making access to guns easier will only create more deaths. It is said that Americans can't learn from their peaceful Canadian neighbors.

So young and now she is gone....RIP and I hope the police brings who ever is responsible to face justice!

I didnt know her but she was at work the weekend she was murdered...me and my family were at a banquet...came in contact with her...she was sweet and very polite...sad thing happened to a beautiful person...i pray for my kids daily that nothing happens to them...the animal who did this is never goin to be at peace with himself for this...may God have mercy on your soul u coward!!!


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