The crowd grew large early Sunday when two separate fights broke out and dozens of shots were fired outside the Hookah Lounge Smoke Shop.
Soon after, 20-year-old Tyrell Lamont Hall was dead.
Sheriff’s detectives arrested two men Monday for their alleged involvement in the shooting at a strip mall in the 1900 block of Fulton Avenue near Alta Arden Expressway. Frank Eugene Jackson, 19, was arrested on suspicion of homicide in the killing of Hall after being hospitalized from a gunshot wound. Detectives also arrested Tana Dania, 23, on suspicion of homicide and attempted homicide.
Angelo Mares, a friend of Hall’s, said Sunday he believed the victim was struck by a stray bullet as a bystander. But Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa Bowman said Hall was involved in an altercation with at least one person and was shot when he turned around to leave.
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When Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies arrived about 1:15 a.m. Sunday at the Hookah Lounge parking lot, they found Hall the victim of a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Those involved in the shootout scattered before police arrived, and detectives have not yet determined the motive for the gunfire.
Dozens of shots were fired, and up to five people were hit, including Hall, based on reports of patients being admitted into local hospitals, including UC Davis Medical Center and Mercy General Hospital that night, Bowman said.
“Appears that there were a lot of armed people at this little gathering,” she said.
The Hookah Lounge billed the night as “Sexy Saturday,” an 18-and-over party with DJ Will Yum, belly dancers and go-go dancers, according to a post on owner Omar Nayebkhil’s Facebook page.
Neighboring business owners, who saw crusting blood splattered on their establishment’s patios and parking lots Monday, expressed little surprise at the fatal outcome and observed that the Hookah Lounge nightlife scene had long been problematic. In the past year, the Sheriff’s Department responded to 21 calls at the establishment, ranging from assaults and robberies to general disturbances.
Duke Cadwell, who has managed Car Care Center on nearby Juniper Lane since 1992, said ever since the Hookah Lounge went into business, he has picked up broken liquor bottles every Monday morning. He believes the discarded glass is left behind by lounge patrons who choose to park and drink in front of his business at night.
But Nayebkhil, 24, said Monday that alcohol isn’t sold at his establishment. He said his employees do what they can to control the crowds of young patrons at the lounge, some as young as 18.
“We have security and have surveillance after we close,” he said. “I specifically pay money to clean up every week.”
Homicide detectives seek the public’s help in identifying a man who was at the scene. They believe the man “has significant information related to the events,” according to a Sheriff’s Department press release.
He is described as a black man in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a heavy build. At the time of the shooting he was wearing a light-colored baseball cap and white T-shirt.