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Woman fatally shot at drive-through ATM in Moreno Valley

March 29, 2011 |  9:59 am

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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