Two 15-year-old boys were booked into the Sacramento County juvenile hall on murder and assault charges early Saturday in connection with a south Sacramento County shooting that left one man dead and sent two others to the hospital the night before.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department detectives believe a verbal argument between one of the teens and the 38-year-old man who was killed preceded the shooting, a department news release said.
The teen left the area but then returned with the second boy and the two began to fight the man, police said. One of the teens allegedly pulled out a handgun and began firing it, striking the 38-year-old and two other men. The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot Sam’s Market, 4143 23rd Ave.
A Sacramento Police Department patrol officer driving on 23rd Avenue was flagged down by a witness, who said there was shooting. The officer was also told that two suspects were fleeing the scene on 42nd Street. The teens, who were not identified by the department given they are minors, were stopped by police. One of them had a handgun, the news release said.
At the parking lot, deputies found the man who was fatally shot in the upper body and pronounced him dead at the scene. Two other men, ages 35 and 47, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening wounds and are expected to survive.
Detectives are trying to determine if all three men were targeted in the shooting, the news release said. Sgt. Tony Turnbull, the department’s spokesman, said in an email Saturday that the three victims were unknown to each other. The identity of the 38-year-old man will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.