San Diego County Crime Stoppers, working with the San Diego Police Department homicide unit, is asking for the public’s assistance to help identify and locate the person responsible for the murder of Hannah Podhorsky.
On February 1 2009, at approximately 2:40 a.m., Southeastern Division patrol officers received a radio call of a shooting that occurred in the 700 block of South 42nd
Street. When officers arrived at about 2:45 a.m., they found a young woman suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Patrol officers and paramedics provided emergency medical care including CPR; however the victim did not survive her injuries. The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Hannah Podhorsky. She was a resident of National City and a student at Mission Bay High School.
The investigation has revealed that Podhorsky was visiting friends who reside on S. 42nd Street. She was standing on the sidewalk in front of the residence with at least one other person when they were approached by the unknown suspect(s) who fired 2-3 rounds from a handgun in the direction Podhorsky and her friend. Podhorsky was struck once in the lower abdominal area. The motivation for the shooting is not clear at this time, nor is it clear whether or not Podhorsky was the intended target.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a felony arrest in this case. Anyone with information on the murder of Hanna Podhorsky is asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.