Some 21/2 hours before things turned deadly in Rancho Cordova early Sunday, police officers went to Sarament Court to break up a packed, raucous party at 11:20 p.m. Saturday.
At 1 a.m., neighbors said they heard doors slamming and angry screaming out in the street. An hour later, there was a burst of gunfire on nearby Burline Street. Authorities said 17-year-old Joseph R. Burrola, of Rio Linda, was killed and two other young men were wounded, one with life-threatening injuries.
“Some way to start Father’s Day, right?” said a 35-year-old neighbor who requested anonymity because he was terrified by the sights and sounds of a frenetic night that ended in an explosion of violence.
Rancho Cordova police on Sunday were investigating what occurred after officers shut down the party in the 3600 block of Sarament Court. Police said more than 100 people were at the house when they responded to neighbors’ complaints of excessive noise and dispersed the crowd.
Some neighbors complained there were nearly 300 people there and that the home had been a frequent party destination.
About 2:10 a.m., officers returned to investigate reports of a large fight and gunshots. There, they found Burrola unconscious with a gunshot wound. Officers administered emergency efforts before he was pronounced dead at the scene by medical responders.
Two other men, both in their 20s, also were shot. Both were taken to hospitals by private vehicles. One victim was fighting for his life after surgery. The other was being treated but was expected to survive, authorities said. At least two others were hurt in the fight and were treated for injuries after being driven to the hospital.
Authorities said they believe a large crowd reassembled after police broke up the party, followed by growing violence that culminated with the shootings. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department investigators are trying to find people who attended the party and witnessed the assault and shootings. They ask that anyone with information contact the department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357.
Tips may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword “SSD,” or by calling (916) 874-8477.
Stela Khury: 916-321-1107, @stelakhury
The Bee’s Peter Hecht and Brian Blomster contributed to this report.