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SAD NEWS FROM FRESNO CA DECEMBER.18.2005.
WEEK.50. 0F THE YEAR 2005
woman who was gunned down in their normally quiet neighborhood.
worked at Table Mountain Casino. The
in front of a home where she was apparently visiting a friend.
Police arrived at the scene around after receiving calls reporting gunfire and a
Police continue to investigate the killing.
The slaying was
Woman shot to death early Saturday outside a northeast residence.
A 24-year-old woman was shot to death early Saturday outside a home in
The victim was identified by police as Maniporn Phon Vongthichack of Fresno,
who apparently was visiting a friend at
gunned down in front of the residence.
Police said officers were dispatched to the scene about when the department
received two 911 calls reporting a woman screaming and gunfire.
Vongthichack, who authorities said worked at Table Mountain Casino, was dead
when officers arrived.
The slaying was the city's 49th this year.
Last year, 52 homicides were reported in
Lt. Randy Dobbins said Saturday afternoon that no arrests had been made.
He said investigators were interviewing a number of people and also checking
on a number of leads.
Dobbins declined to talk about a possible motive or whether police have any suspects.
"It's too early in the investigation to say anything more," he said.
Patrick Ward, 40, a resident of the neighborhood, said he was awakened by a woman
screaming, followed seconds later by the sound of gunshots.
"They were bloodcurdling screams," he said.
"It was the screams that woke me up."
"Then I heard the shots," he said. "Boom, boom, boom."
And the screaming stopped, he said.
Ward said he looked out a front window and saw a man running in the middle
of the street, going west on Everglade toward North Hayston Avenue, about a half-block away.
Ward said he called the 911 operator to report what he had heard.
Ward's mother, Doris Ward, said she, too, was awakened by the screams.
"It was pretty shocking," she said.
The Wards and another neighbor, Hersie Stovall, 46, said they didn't know the
victim, who would often drive up in a white sports utility vehicle to visit
the residents of the house on Everglade.
A white sports utility vehicle was towed away by police for evidence.
Authorities said the victim was employed at Table Mountain Casino, but casino
spokesman Brian Maldonado said company policy prevented him from disclosing
any employee information.
Both the Wards and Stovall said they did not know too much about the residents
of the house — two young men — who moved in about four months ago.
One of the residents was interviewed at police headquarters and then returned
to the home hours later.
Visibly upset, the man declined to be interviewed by The Bee.
Everglade between Hayston and
seven hours Saturday while detectives combed the neighborhood for witnesses
and other investigators searched the crime scene for evidence.
"This is all pretty shocking to see," said Vince Antonino, 61, a resident of the
neighborhood for 13 years.
"This is usually a pretty close-knit neighborhood," he said. "You never hear
of any violence around here."
The case has been assigned to homicide detective Carlos Leal. Anyone with
any information is asked to call Leal at (559) 621-2452.
Man said to have shot ex-girlfriend found dead Sunday
The man who police say shot his ex-girlfriend to death last weekend committed
suicide shortly after telling homicide detectives he would turn himself in.
Vilaysack Phengthavy, 28, was found shortly after Sunday at a rest stop
parking lot in Lebec, off Interstate 5. He had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to
the head, and did not leave a suicide note, according to the Kern County Coroner's Office.
Phengthavy is accused of shooting 24-year-old Maniporn Vongthichack as she
approached the front door of a male friend's home in northeast
just finished her work shift at Table Mountain Casino. She and Phengthavy
worked together at The Palace casino, along with Phengthavy's wife. But he
began having an affair with Vongthichack, and they eventually moved in together
out of the apartment, police said.
Slaying suspect identified
Police have identified the man who they believe shot a 24-year-old woman
to death last weekend on the front doorstep of a northeast
is a former boyfriend of homicide victim Maniporn Phon Vongthichack of Fresno.
He has not been arrested, and police said the reasons for that will be made public today.
Vongthichack was slain about Saturday outside the front door of
a home at
The suspect, whom Vongthichack had previously worked with at The Palace
casino in Lemoore, was "lying in wait" for his former girlfriend, according to
police. She apparently had left the Lemoore casino to get away from him.
Vongthichack had been working at Table Mountain Casino north of
and early Saturday, she finished her work shift at She then drove to
meet a male co-worker at his
the suspect knew she was going there, but police said he likely did not
follow her from
It does not appear Vongthichack and the male co-worker were romantically
involved, but she had been to the house before, police said.
Her death was the city's 49th homicide of the year, compared with 52 in 2004.
This investigation has led detectives to different cities to follow up leads in
several places, including
The violence surprised neighbors in the usually quiet neighborhood. One man
on Everglade heard screams and gunshots and saw a man fleeing the area.
Patrick Ward, 40, said he was awakened by "bloodcurdling" screams, followed
seconds later by gunshots. Then the screaming stopped, he said.
Ward looked out a front window and saw a man running down the middle of
the street, heading west. He called 911. When police arrived, Vongthichack was dead.
Neighbors said they didn't know Vongthichack, but she often visited the
residents of the home. Her co-worker lived with another young man, but
both had only been living there for about four months, neighbors said.
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