One person was killed and six injured in a drive-by shooting at a Halloween party in North Sacramento early Sunday, police said.
A man in his late 20s was pronounced dead at the scene.
Five others – a mix of men and women in their 20s and 30s – were shot in their lower extremities but had non-life-threatening injuries. They either drove themselves or were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
One woman, who was hit in the lower body by shrapnel, drove herself to a Fairfield hospital.
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Police are still in the process of identifying all the victims.
The incident occurred shortly before 1:37 a.m. Sunday, when police received a call of a person shot outside a business in the 1800 block of Del Paso Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found multiple victims in front of a studio that had been rented out for a Halloween event.
“The party ended, and people started coming out of the front door,” said Michele Gigante, spokeswoman for Sacramento police. “A sedan was going southbound on Del Paso, and they started shooting at the crowd.”
Police said it was unknown how many shooters were involved, but six people were shot – one fatally – and one was injured by shrapnel. The road was closed for several hours for the homicide investigation.
James Hall, 53, of Sacramento tried to get to his Decades costume store, 1814 Del Paso Blvd., for a promotion event at 5:30 a.m. Sunday but found his way blocked by police.
“The whole street was cordoned off by tape,” he said. When he asked a police officer what happened, he was told that a shooting had occurred, and there was a fatality.
“At the time, the body was still there on the sidewalk,” Hall said, adding that there were more than a dozen police officers and investigators on scene. He said he left shortly afterward, since the promotional event was canceled.
It was not known Sunday if the man who was killed was targeted, police said.
“We’re still trying to figure out a motive, but it may be a straight-up drive-by,” Gigante said.
Police are also investigating the circumstances of the party, which may have been held at the studio illegally.
“It sounds like they were charging a cover charge, so it may be an unpermitted type of party,” Gigante said. “We’re getting more information.”
She declined to name the business. Hall said the space at 1811 Del Paso Blvd. had been vacant for some time but had opened up as a dance studio about a month ago.
He said he received a promotional flier for a free Zumba class from the new owners.
“I feel so sorry for the dance studio people,” he said Sunday. “They were so excited about their business. They were nice people.”
A records check shows that the space is home to In2 Win Records and X-Quisyte Dance Studio. The combined businesses held their grand opening on Sept. 7. On their website, they offer music recording services as well as dance classes at the location. They also offer to rent out their space for rehearsals.
Sacramento police are asking for any witnesses to the shooting to contact them.
“Even if they didn’t see something, they may have information imperative to the case,” Gigante said.
Anyone with information on the shooting should call Sacramento police dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Tips can also be sent as a text to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a rewards of up to $1,000.