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Thursday, Sep 20 2007 12:21 AM

Woman dies in Tehachapi shooting

BY JASON KOTOWSKI, Californian staff writere-mail: jkotowski@bakersfield.com

TEHACHAPI -- A Tehachapi woman died Wednesday after she was shot and then driven to an area pharmacy in the third homicide of the year in this mountain city.

Officers from the Tehachapi Police Department responded to the Walgreens at 1101 W. Tehachapi Blvd. about 10:30 a.m., sheriff's Sgt. Walt Green said. They found a woman in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to Tehachapi Hospital, where she later died.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was shot somewhere else and driven by another woman to Walgreens, Green said. Sheriff's homicide detectives are conducting the investigation because it appears the woman was shot outside city limits.

Walgreens employees were not allowed to comment, manager Sheila Crutcher said.

Foster Farms Dairy deliveryman Scott Polston arrived at Walgreens to drop off an order of ice cream about 10:40 a.m.

He saw employees rush around and one of them put on latex gloves, he said.

Polston heard a woman in the photography section of the pharmacy call 911 and realized a shooting victim was in the parking lot.

Polston said he walked to the car the victim was brought in and saw her slumped over in the passenger seat.

She was wearing a white tank top and tan pants and there was blood on the left side of her body and what appeared to be a gunshot wound on her right arm.

"She looked lifeless already," Polston said.

Walgreens employees pulled the victim from the car and performed chest compressions, Polston said. The victim's lips already appeared blue, he said.

Police arrived within minutes and performed CPR until the victim was taken away, Polston said.

Only a few homicides happen within Tehachapi, a city of about 10,000, each year. The city is about 40 miles east of Bakersfield.

Supervising Deputy Coroner John Van Rensselaer said the coroner's office keeps track of the number of homicides that occur within Tehachapi, but their numbers do not reflect victims who were shot within city limits and died outside the city.

No one was slain in Tehachapi in 2006, Van Rensselaer said. There was one homicide in 2005 and two in 2004.

Chanderdeep Singh was at the Walgreens at about noon watching detectives work. Yellow police tape cordoned off a portion of the parking lot facing West Tehachapi Boulevard.

"This is very bad," Singh said. "This is a good city."

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