Detectives were investigating the shooting deaths of two men in Sacramento County on Monday night after one was killed in front of a group of people in Fair Oaks Park and the suspected shooter was chased by someone another with a gun.
Shortly before 6 p.m., 911 operators received multiple calls reporting shots fired at the park at 11549 Fair Oaks Boulevard, just west of the Fair Oaks branch of the Sacramento Public Library and south of Madison Avenue. . A group of at least 20 men were gathered in the park to play volleyball or football when gunfire rang out.
A man approached the group, pulled out a gun and fired shots, targeting one of the men in the park, Sgt. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Rodney Grassmann. The victim was later pronounced dead in the park. Grassmann said the alleged shooter then ran through the park, heading north across Madison Avenue.
The second shooting happened outside an apartment complex in Citrus Heights after the suspected shooter was chased down Madison Avenue by at least one armed person who shot him multiple times, Lt. Jason Baldwin said, door -say of the Citrus Heights Police Department.
The man injured in the Citrus Heights shooting was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“It’s not a random occurrence, these people know each other,” Baldwin said. “We are still investigating how they know each other and why this happened.”
Both law enforcement were investigating the shooting, as the first fatal shooting occurred in the park under the sheriff’s jurisdiction and the other occurred across Madison Avenue in Citrus Heights.
“There were a lot of people here (at the park),” Grassmann said. “We have many witnesses here, over 20, 25 witnesses we talk to. There are many eyewitnesses to this.
Despite the presence of numerous witnesses at the scene of the shooting, investigators have released no suspicious descriptions of the shooter in the Citrus Heights shooting.
“A lot of people in the park, a lot of different statements to decipher, and the detectives were still sifting through that right now,” Baldwin said.
Grassmann asked anyone who witnessed the shooting but left before speaking to investigators to call any of the police departments, and some had already provided information Monday night.
Baldwin said the westbound lane of Madison Avenue will remain closed for several hours for the safety of detectives working at nearby crime scenes.
Detectives have asked anyone with information about the fatal shooting to call the Sheriff’s Office at 916-874-5115 or Citrus Heights Police at 916-727-5524.