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Coroner identifies victim in Flame Club shooting

One of two men shot at a midtown dive bar over the weekend was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 31-year-old Richard E. Oden.

The Sacramento Police Department said officers responded to a call of a shooting at 1:32 a.m. on Saturday at the 2100 block of 16th Street, according to a department press release. By Saturday morning, police tape surrounded the Flame Club, located on 16th and V streets, as police collected evidence.

When officers arrived, they found a man with a life-threatening gunshot injury. The press release said a second man with a gunshot wound was also found nearby.

Both men were transported to a local hospital. Despite lifesaving efforts by both police and paramedics, one of the men was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other man remained in critical condition, according to the press release.

Erin Rogers, who lives in an apartment building across from the bar, said she “woke up to gunshots” but did not see anything in connection to the shooting. She added that in the past two years she’s lived in the apartment, she’s heard gunshots fired near the bar on three occasions.

“It’s annoying,” Rogers said. “We want to feel safe in our homes, and we don’t.”

The area where the club is located has had a smattering of crime this year, according to data kept by the Sacramento Police Department. Through September of this year, police took reports of four robberies, three aggravated assaults and seven thefts or burglaries in the 2100 and 2200 blocks of 16th. The Flame Club is at 2130 16th St. Nearby businesses include other restaurants and a gas station.

The Bee’s Phillip Reese contributed to this report.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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