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3 wounded in 2 Del Paso Heights shootings; 1 victim critical

Police officers and detectives gather near a car where a victim was found shot in the head Thursday.
Police officers and detectives gather near a car where a victim was found shot in the head Thursday. jvillegas@sacbee.com

The Del Paso Heights area of Sacramento was lit with gunfire Thursday afternoon as two separate shootings less than a mile apart left three people wounded within an hour and a half.

Two people were wounded in the first shooting, about 2:10 p.m., according to Sacramento police, who responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 3600 block of Cypress Street. The injured were taken to an area hospital. The victims are expected to survive, said Traci Trapani, a police spokeswoman.

A male juvenile was shot in the head in the second shooting and was in critical condition at a local hospital, police said. The shooting occurred about 3:30 p.m. at Norwood Avenue and Silver Eagle Road, next to Robertson Park.

The victim was a passenger in the rear seat of a dark purple car southbound on Norwood Avenue. A gunman fired at least one round, striking the youth in the head, Trapani said. The driver continued to the T & Y Oriental Market parking lot, where fire personnel responded and took the victim to a hospital, Trapani said.

The car was parked in the market parking lot behind yards of police tape early Thursday evening. A crowd of police officers and crime scene personnel were gathered behind the tape. Neighborhood residents watched police nearby.

Police did not release additional information about the victims. No suspects have been identified in either incident. Trapani said police were unsure whether the incidents were related.

The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287. The Bee’s Ellen Garrison contributed to this report

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