A mother of three and grandmother of eight was fatally shot during an attempted carjacking in rural California.
On June 6 around 1 a.m., Elizabeth Mann, 60, was outside the Executive Inn in Westley, Stanislaus County, when Tierra Davis, 18, allegedly gunned her down.
Cherri Booth, a guest at the hotel, heard gunshots and then witnessed the aftermath of the attack, including Mann “bleeding badly.”
Mann told KTXL the victim’s son came out of the hotel and found his mother. “There was no consoling him, and I don’t blame him. It was bad,” Booth said.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. I work in the hospital, so I see dead people,” she said. “But to have it happen right out your front door and there’s nothing that you can do is so overwhelming and depressing and sad."
Police are investigating whether Davis may be connected to other crimes in the area, including a carjacking and shooting around 40 minutes prior to Mann’s death, The Modesto Bee reported.
Sgt. Erich Layton said the suspect has family in the area but is from Chicago, according to the news outlet.
“The victim in our case is just a random victim,” Layton said. “There wasn’t any specific motive to carjack this individual for any particular reason.”
Davis was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail. She faces charges in connection with the attempted carjacking and murder and is being held without bail, online records show.
“She threw her life away and took another’s with her for no reason,” Booth said.