A 16-year-old boy was reported in critical condition early Wednesday evening following a shooting in south Sacramento County.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at 4:20 p.m. reporting shots fired in the 7200 block of Lindale Drive, off Florin Road. The caller said someone had been shot and was lying on the ground.
Deputies found the 16-year-old with gunshot wounds to the upper torso lying on the ground outside a residence, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The deputies began life-saving measures, and the boy was transported by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses reported seeing an African American male walk up to the victim and begin shooting at him with a handgun, sheriff’s officials said. The shooter then got into the rear seat of a dark-colored sedan that headed south on Lindale Drive. Sheriff’s officials said they had no further description of the shooter.
Although the motive for the shooting is not known, sheriff’s officials said they do not believe it was a random attack.
Detectives responded to the scene, and an investigation was underway Wednesday evening.
Anyone with information pertaining to the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357. Tip information may also be left anonymously on the Sheriff’s Department’s website, www.sacsheriff.com, or by calling 916-874-8477.