Originally published 2/26/2007
A pregnant woman was shot in the back. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the head, rendered blind. A 20-year-old man was shot and killed behind the wheel of a moving car; his 15-year-old female passenger was shot as well.
In three unrelated scenarios in eight hours ending at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, one man was fatally shot and five others sustained nonfatal gunshot wounds in a barrage of mostly gang-driven violence in Sacramento's south area, police and sheriff's officials said.
Three of the six shootings were in the city of Sacramento, where police spokesman Sgt. Matt Young said officers worked through the night to determine who was responsible.
"We're solving a lot of these (recent gang-related shootings), but something needs to start happening on the front end of this in terms of prevention," Young said.
"The community, people's parents, they need to start getting involved. This gang-youth violence is out of control."
The fatal shooting occurred in Sacramento County just before 1:30 a.m.
Sacramento sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran said a group of people had changed a flat tire at East Stockton Boulevard near Highway 99.
After they pulled onto the street, a vehicle drove up behind them and flashed its bright lights, Curran said.
That car pulled alongside near Power Inn Road and Auberry Drive, opening fire and killing 20-year-old Frank Brown III of Sacramento and wounding a 15-year-old female passenger.
The passenger was shot in the upper body and is expected to survive, Curran said.
Curran said the other passengers, a 17-year-old male and 20-year-old female, were uninjured but did not provide officers with a description of the suspects or their vehicle.
"The passengers haven't been cooperative," Curran said, noting that the motivation for that shooting is unknown.
Attempts to reach Brown's family Sunday were unsuccessful.
Police said a separate volley of gang-motivated shootings began hours earlier in the city of Sacramento.
Detectives are trying to positively link those three shootings, which caught an 18-year-old pregnant woman in the cross fire.
Curran said the first shooting appears to have surfaced when a male gang member showed up at Sutter General Medical Center at 5:30 p.m. Saturday seeking medical aid for a gunshot wound to his leg.
That man had been shot at George Sim Park in the Elder Creek neighborhood but he provided no other details about the incident, Young said.
Police did not release that man's name or a description of the person who may have shot him.
Apparently spurred by the shooting at the park, officials said, gang members in a maroon minivan shot an 18-year-old pregnant woman who was walking on the 7000 block of Lawnwood Drive, which is east of 65th Street and Stockton Boulevard.
"She appears to be an innocent victim," Curran said.
The woman's boyfriend and other young men jumped into a white car and chased the minivan, Young said.
At Elder Creek Road and 75th Street, the minivan -- under gunfire from the white car -- crashed into a pole. Passengers from both vehicles scattered, police said.
In the melee, a 16-year-old male from the minivan was shot by someone from the white car, Curran said.
Meanwhile, Sacramento police encircled the area of the crash, where they detained Jose Angel Rivera-Quintero, 22, who they determined to be responsible for shooting the pregnant woman, Curran said.
Rivera-Quintero was booked into the Sacramento jail at 8:27 a.m. Sunday, arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, participation in a criminal street gang and possession of a deadly weapon.
Curran said no one from the white car had been arrested Sunday.
Yet another shooting came to Sacramento police dispatchers' attention at 1:13 a.m. in a neighborhood southeast of Cosumnes River College.
A group of people had been sitting in a car on Ollie Court, there for a house party on the cul de sac, according to Young.
Another group approached them, saying gang slurs.
One of the people began shooting into the car, hitting a 17-year-old girl in the head and rendering her blind, officials said.
Young did not provide a description of the suspects, but said gang detectives are actively following leads.
"We've got to get a handle on this and figure out how and why these youngsters get this (idea) that it's OK to respond by killing each other," Young said.
"How many innocent people have to get hurt?"