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Man walks into MLK Jr. Boulevard fast-food restaurant with gunshot wounds, later dies

Homicide investigation on Sacramento's Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Matthew McPhail, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department, provides details about the city's first homicide of 2017.
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Matthew McPhail, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department, provides details about the city's first homicide of 2017.

Sacramento police are investigating the new year’s first homicide hours after a man wounded by gunshots stumbled into a fast-food restaurant before noon and later died at a hospital.

Officers and detectives were poring over a grassy vacant lot in the 5200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Sunday afternoon where the man was believed to have been shot.

The man’s name has not been released because family has not been notified, said Officer Matthew McPhail, police spokesman.

The first calls to police dispatchers came at 11:36 a.m. from a Taco Bell at Fruitridge Road and Martin Luther King, McPhail said.

McPhail said the man managed to walk the two blocks to the restaurant despite his wounds.

But police, so far, have little else to go on. The man was not with family or friends when he died.

“There are a lot of unknowns at this point,” McPhail said of the apparent shooting near midday across the street from a row of homes and near busy Fruitridge Road. The time and location of the homicide “calls attention to the brazenness of the act,” McPhail said.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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