Three teenage boys were hurt, one critically, after they were shot by two men during an argument in a south Sacramento neighborhood Wednesday.
The incident occurred shortly before 9:44 p.m., when police were called to a shooting in the 7400 block of 29th Street, southwest of Florin Road and Franklin Boulevard.
When officers arrived, they found one victim, a boy in his late teens, who had been shot. He had life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Police would not disclose where the youth was being treated but said he was in critical condition Thursday.
While the officers were on scene, they were informed by medical staff that a second shooting victim, another teenage boy, had shown up at the hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.
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As investigators began interviewing witnesses, they found a third victim, a boy in his late teens, in the area. He had also been struck by gunfire, and was taken by police to the hospital. He had non-life-threatening injuries.
The initial investigation revealed that the three victims were with several other teens. The group was approached by two males, reportedly adults, on foot.
An argument between the teens and the men escalated into violence, when the two men shot at the victims. They then fled on foot.
Detectives are interviewing witnesses to determine what led to the shooting. It was not clear whether any of the victims lived in the area, what the teens were doing before the confrontation, or what the argument was about.
One of the shooting victims reported the incident to the police. “The first call came from someone who was shot,” said Doug Morse, spokesman for Sacramento police. “It was the first call we received.”
Police are still trying to talk to more witnesses, and putting together a description of the two men.
If anyone has information on this incident, call Sacramento police dispatch at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357.
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