Citrus Heights police detectives are investigating two homicides that occurred 12 hours and a third of a mile apart, according to authorities.
Police say the incidents are not related. Still, it's a heavy caseload for detectives who investigated two homicides in 2012.
In 2011, they dealt with one.
In the most recent homicide, police responded to the 6300 block of Stonehand Avenue just before 6:30 a.m. Saturday for a medical call involving a person struck with an unknown object, according to police.
Officers arrived to find a man unconscious outside of his home. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Jack Swaim, 52.
Police said they did not know the motive for the crime, and released no assailant information.
Twelve hours earlier, police went to the 7800 block of Lichen Drive after reports of a shooting. They found a man with a gunshot wound in a car parked in a McDonald's parking lot.
That man, later identified as 28-year-old Baron Seidel, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have not made any arrests, but said they believe the victim and killers knew each other, describing it as an "isolated incident."
Witnesses described the killers as two light-skinned black or Latino men who fled in a dark-colored sedan toward Antelope Road.