Neighbor says North Natomas home hit in weekend drive-by shooting was trouble spot

A North Natomas home where a 10-year-old girl was wounded in a drive-by shooting over the weekend has been a source of problems since the current tenants moved in about four years ago, according to a next-door neighbor.

Bill Tabb said he heard gunshots Saturday night but initially thought his neighbors were banging on the fence with a metal plate.

“We’ve had nothing but problems, either from them directly or the people that have come to the house,” said Tabb, who lives in the 4900 block of Alterra Way in Sacramento’s Natomas Park neighborhood.

The shooting, at about 11 p.m. Saturday, left bullet holes in the front door and nearby wall. One of the rounds apparently passed into the residence and struck the girl. Police said family members were rushing the girl to a hospital when they came across an officer in a patrol car, who summoned an ambulance. Police said the youngster’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Sacramento police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said Monday that no suspects had been identified.

“Detectives think it may not be random, and they’re not ruling out the possibility of gang activity,” he said.

No one answered the door at the home midday Monday, although dogs could be heard barking inside. Efforts to reach the residents by phone also were unsuccessful.

Tabb, a 12-year resident of Alterra Way, said the house has been occupied by a series of renters over the years and that most have been good neighbors. He described his grievances with the current tenants as a “pile of small things that keep growing.” He told of loud parties, diapers and “picnic garbage” thrown over his fence, and animal feces smeared on trash cans.

He said police and the private security firm employed by the neighborhood’s homeowners association had responded to incidents at the residence in the past.

Morse said he had no information regarding any prior police responses.

Although other neighbors said the house is occupied by a couple and their three children – two girls and a boy – and described relations with the family as cordial, Tabb said people were always coming and going from the residence.

“It’s nearly impossible to know who lives there all the time,” he said.

Tabb said he had spoken to the landlord, who also lives on Alterra Way, about the issues with the tenants but had gotten little response until Saturday’s shooting.

Public records show the home is owned by Feizi Kaveh and Kheiroloom Azadeh. No one answered the door at their residence Monday and no response was received to a phone message left at a number listed for them.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287. Bee researcher Pete Basofin contributed to this report.