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Blues musician accused of house party shooting urges fans to reserve judgment

Sacramento blues musician arraigned

Kyle Rowland is arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court in Sacramento on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Kyle Rowland, a local blues musician and previous Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy, allegedly opened fire at a house party early Friday mornin
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Kyle Rowland is arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court in Sacramento on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Kyle Rowland, a local blues musician and previous Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy, allegedly opened fire at a house party early Friday mornin

A blues musician arrested after he allegedly fired shots at a Sacramento house party last week posted a Facebook message to family and friends, thanking them for their support and urging them to reserve judgment in his case.

Kyle Rowland, 23, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a weapon with intent to commit a felony. He pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $125,000. He was released on bail later Wednesday.

Rowland, who plays the harmonica and sings for the Kyle Rowland Blues Band, a favorite in the Sacramento music scene, said in his Facebook post that he would be lying low for a while as he and his attorneys work on his case.

“I trust that you can understand that I can not discuss my case with anyone or answer any questions pertaining to it,” the post said. “Just remember there is two sides to every story.”

Rowland said he was “brought to tears and humbled” by the outreach and support his family had received in recent days.

“For those who are less supportive of me, I still pray for you nightly as well,” the post said. “Jesus says in the fifth chapter of Matthew, ‘Love your enemies, bless those who curse you and forgive those who hurt you.’ 

Rowland’s band frequently plays at the Torch Club bar on 15th Street in Sacramento and has performed at the Sacramento Music Festival. He won the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award for Best Blues Harmonica and Blues New Artist of the Year in 2009.

Rowland attended a house party in the 1100 block of G Street early Friday. He was “highly inebriated” and threw beer after being told to leave, according to Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Rod Norgaard.

Rowland, who had been working as a deputy with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, returned about 2 a.m. with two firearms, one of which likely was a duty weapon, Sacramento police said.

Partygoers who saw the weapons tried to talk to him and got him to the ground before he fired several shots, Norgaard said.

Police said Rowland used one firearm to shoot several times, but no one was injured.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department said Rowland joined the department in October and was on probation at the time of his arrest. He has since been dismissed.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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