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Victim, 18, identified in shooting near Fruitridge Road

Published: Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014 - 6:04 pm

An 18-year-old Sacramento man was shot and killed early Saturday at party near Fruitridge Road and Stockton Boulevard.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office identified the victim as Cheaquis Jones. He was pronounced dead at 12:35 a.m. Saturday after being found a block away from house, where a shooting had been reported at a party in the Lawrence Park neighborhood.

Shortly after midnight, early Saturday, Sacramento County Sheriff deputies responded to a home in the 5600 block of Sampson Boulevard, where two males had been shot, one fatally. The second victim, a male in his late teens, was located nearby and taken to the hospital. He had non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators determined that Jones and the teen were attending the party. Some unwelcome guests came, and there was a confrontation between the new arrivals and party goers in the backyard, authorities said.

It was not known how many suspects were involved or what the motive was for the shooting.

“Homicide said they’re looking at the gang angle,” said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators are still trying to locate witnesses to shooting, as most of the people at the party fled after shots were fired. Bowman also said the incident was not reported to authorities until more than an hour later.

Anyone with information on this shooting should contact Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 873-5115. Tips can also be left anonymously at, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword “SSD” or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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