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Police seek vehicle in connection with shooting of teenager in Del Paso Heights

Police officers and detectives gather near the automobile in which a 15-year-old boy was shot on Thursday in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood.
Police officers and detectives gather near the automobile in which a 15-year-old boy was shot on Thursday in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood. jvillegas@sacbee.com

A 15-year-old boy shot Thursday afternoon in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights area remained in critical condition Friday and police released a description of a suspect vehicle.

Officers responded about 3:26 p.m. Thursday to the area of Norwood Avenue and Silver Eagle Road regarding a teenager who had been shot as he sat in a vehicle. Sacramento police said three other people are believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. One of the gunshots struck the youth, who was in the rear seat, in the head.

Detectives believe the shots may have been fired from a vehicle that left the scene immediately after the shooting, according to a Police Department news release. It is described as a green, four-door, American-made car with silver after-market rims.

The driver of the vehicle in which the boy was shot drove south on Norwood Avenue and stopped in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 2800 block of Norwood. Fire personnel responded and transported the injured youth to an area hospital.

The victim’s name has not been released, but Zenobia Gerald, spokeswoman for the Twin Rivers Unified School District, confirmed that as of November 2014, he was a student in the district’s independent studies program at Keema High School at McClellan Park.

The shooting occurred less than a mile from the 3600 block of Cypress Street, where two people had been shot little more than an hour earlier. They were transported to an area hospital and are expected to recover from their injuries, according to police.

Police spokeswoman Officer Traci Trapani said Friday that detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the two shootings are connected.

She said investigators have interviewed witnesses and hope more people will come forward.

Anyone with information regarding the shootings or the suspect vehicle is asked to call the Police Department’s dispatch center at (916) 264-5471, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP, followed by the information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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