Woman Dies After Attack at San Bernardino Apartment

Because the woman called from a cell phone and did not provide an address, it took police approximately 15 minutes to determine the woman's location.

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    Michelle Miers, 26, was found in her San Bernardino apartment on Monday, July 21, 2014 with "several wounds to the upper torso." She died shortly after calling 911 to report her injuries.

    A 26-year-old San Bernardino woman who was attacked in an apartment died shortly after she called 911 late Monday night, according to police.

    The San Bernardino Police Department received a cell phone call from the victim, identified as Michelle Miers, around 11 p.m. saying she had been shot. Authorities said there are indications the woman also might have been stabbed. Police said they found the victim with "several wounds to the upper torso" and investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened.

    Miers did not provide an address and because the emergency call came from a cell phone, police could not immediately locate the wounded woman. Authorities used the longitude and latitude of the call and after about 20 minutes of searching, police narrowed the call location an apartment complex on the 100 block of West 43rd Street in San Bernardino and search door-to-door. Police said they eventually discovered a broken sliding glass window.

    Miers was hospitalized in critical condition and later died.

    Neighbors said they didn't hear anything, but police say it appears there was a struggle between the victim and the suspect.

    "It does not appear to be a random act," officials said. "There are several indicators that it's tied to, something else...we do believe that this victim was targeted."

    Police confirm that the Miers had been a victim in another crime last month, and that she had previously been shot. Police said that the suspect in that crime is still in custody and has been in custody since that incident.

    "She got shot in the ear and apparently she was at a friend's house with an ex-boyfriend of hers and I guess they got in an argument and that's when he tried to shoot her," neighbor Brenda Garcia-Espero said of the previous incident that Miers was involved in.

    Garcia-Espero added that Miers "seemed pretty nice" and said "she would talk to everyone."

    A friend of Miers told NBC4 that the victim was a wonderful mother of two.

    An estimated 70 percent of 911 calls come from wireless phones, according ot the Federal Communications Commission. The phones are not associated with a fixed location, but the nearest cell site might provide responders with the caller's general location.

    Authorities encourage anyone who becomes a victim a crime and is calling from a cell phone to immediately tell the dispatcher their location. 

    "Give as much information as you can because that information could save your life," San Bernardino Police said.

    San Bernardino Police said that if Miers had told them where she was, they would have been able to find her about 25 minutes earlier than they did.

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