Shootings late Thursday and early Friday left three motorists dead in Orangevale, Sacramento and the Florin Road area, but despite that similarity, authorities said they do not believe the killings are related.
As of late Friday afternoon, the names of the victims had not been released. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office reported that family members were still being notified.
Two of the shootings occurred in unincorporated parts of Sacramento County and the third in the city of Sacramento:
▪ About 10:15 p.m. Thursday, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies received calls of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a sedan at a stoplight in a southbound lane of Stockton Boulevard at Florin Road.
Deputies found a man in his late teens unconscious in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound, according to Sgt. Lisa Bowman, sheriff’s spokeswoman. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
▪ About 1:25 a.m. Friday, deputies received information about gunfire near Beech Avenue and Greenback Lane in Orangevale. When deputies got to the scene, they found a sport-utility vehicle crashed and the driver shot at least one time.
A man in his mid-20s was declared dead at the scene.
▪ About 3:30 a.m. Friday, a man was shot and killed in Sacramento along Broadway. That shooting left a man in his late 20s dead and a female wounded with an injury that was not life-threatening.
Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Doug Morse said that they were inside a vehicle when they were hit by gunfire in the 1100 block of Broadway. Police said the shooting was not random.
No information regarding suspects or motives for the shootings have been released.
Residents Friday morning shook their heads at the violence that occurred on Broadway. Cheryl Bernhardt, who lives nearby, called the shootings crazy.
“It’s so close to home,” she said while waiting for the Target store at Riverside Boulevard and Broadway to open. “It’s getting hot. People are getting stupid.”
Land Park resident Rafael Estrada, passing by the crime scene on his bicycle, said that he was also alarmed to see the homicide so close to where he lives.
“I’ve lived here a little over three years and I have not seen a situation like this,” Estrada said. “You will see some interesting characters come down Broadway, but nobody seems to cause problems. It’s a great neighborhood, and it is sad to see something like this happen.”
The killing does not surprise Land Park resident Kurt Katsumata because he said there are some rough neighborhoods along Broadway. He wondered if new development planned for Broadway’s west end will improve the street or do the opposite.
He said Broadway itself can be rough but that Land Park is relatively crime-free. When told that homicides in Orangevale and along Florin Road also occurred overnight, he called the spate of shootings a sign of the times.
“People are a little bit desperate,” he said. “It does not surprise me.”