Flores had only been living at the house a little over a week, and was shot in the driveway of the home after she was dropped off, according to witnesses from the scene.
One witness, who declined to give his name due to outstanding warrants, described the vehicle responsible in the drive-by shooting as being full of people, and that there were at least three different kinds of guns shot in the direction of the home where Flores and others were gathered at the time of the shooting.
“There’s no gangsters right here, nothing like that. I saw the guns and I just dove to the ground,” said the witness.
He explained how he was standing next to the victim when he noticed the suspects’ vehicle drive west along Berlin Way. The vehicle turned around at Tyler Street, doubling back before firing their weapons.
Another witness, who only gave her first name as Babbette, was inside of the home on Berlin Way when the shots were fired.
“I watched her take her last breath,” Babbette said, recalling at least 9 shots being fired.
She claimed that gang activity was the likely culprit of the area’s recent shootings, yet also said no gang members or activities were associated with the Berlin Way home where the shooting took place.
She did explain the Berlin Way residence as being a sort of a wayward home for women with troubled pasts, adding that Flores was a mother leaving behind four children.
“We do not have any confirmation that the shootings are related or gang related,”
Patterson Police Chief Tori Hughes replied by email this week. “Detectives are still investigating and do not have any additional information to release at this time.”
Saturday morning’s murder of Erica Flores marks the city of Patterson’s first confirmed homicide of the year, said Hughes.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is being asked to call Detective Josh Sandoval at 525-7073.
Contact Elias Funez at 892-6187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.