Old Sacramento New Year's celebration usually safe, virtually crime-free

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 - 3:44 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Until Monday night's shootout, few crimes had taken place at the New Year's Eve celebration in Old Sacramento -- and most of crimes that did occur weren't serious, city police data show.

The shooting, in which Gabriel Cordova and Daniel Ferrier were killed and two others were wounded when Carlito Montoya allegedly opened fire in a bar, has raised questions about whether the event will continue. Any decision to stop the event due to crime would rely almost solely on Monday's shooting.

In the past five years, police have taken 16 crime reports in Old Sacramento between 8 p.m. New Year's Eve and 2 a.m. New Year's Day. That's about 6 percent of crime reports taken during those time periods citywide -- at an event that annually draws tens of thousands of patrons.

Five of those reports dealt with public drunks, three related to marijuana possession and five related to thefts. Only three were related to assaults, and none of the assaults were flagged as involving a firearm.

This chart breaks down crimes reported to police on New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day from 2007 to 2011.

Source: Sacramento Police Department

Note: Excludes informational police reports and vehicle towing.

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