Friend remembers teen who died in fatal Foothill Farms party shooting
An 18-year-old Sacramento man was arrested Saturday in connection with a fatal shooting at a Cinco de Mayo house party in Foothill Farms.
Kejhonne Henderson was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting that killed Jordan Pannell, 17, just before midnight, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
A dispute over a song selection at the gathering led to Pannell being shot after he tried to intervene, friends said.
Pannell, known by his nickname “Mo,” was at the party with Sunnie Lane and her daughter.
An unfamiliar man threatened Lane’s daughter, who was controlling the music, Lane said. He pulled out a gun.
Jordan “kind of got in the way and was like, ‘No, let’s go outside,’ ” Lane said. “As soon as they got outside, (the man) started shooting at him.”
The teen was shot on the lawn outside the home in the 4400 block of Greenholme Drive, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded and performed lifesaving measures, which paramedics continued at the scene.
Pannell was eventually pronounced dead in front of the home from gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was identified Saturday afternoon by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
A stray bullet ripped through Lane’s left calf, which was bandaged Saturday morning. A 19-year-old man showed up to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower body in connection to the Friday night shooting and is expected to survive, the Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.
Henderson was found Saturday at an undisclosed residence in Sacramento and arrested without incident, the Sheriff’s Department reported. He is ineligible for bail and scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court.
Neither Lane, 36, nor Christina Guajaca, who lives in the Greenholme Drive home where the party was held, knew the man who fired multiple rounds the night before, they said. Guajaca said the man fled toward Hillsdale Boulevard after the shooting.
Guajaca, 24, said the party celebrated Cinco De Mayo and included a mix of younger guests invited by Guajaca and her daughter, as well as older neighbors around her age. She said adults over the age of 21 wore wristbands to signify that they were old enough to drink.
On Saturday morning, neighbors gathered near the taped-off home where Jordan was killed. Lane lives across the street from where the party was held and said Jordan had been staying at her home for the past week after she found out he was living out of a car.
Lane described him as a respectful young man who cared for others.
“He was the most sweetest, kindest (person),” Lane said. “He was just like a hero to me.”
The Sheriff’s Department asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the department at 916-874-5115. Lane and Guajaca said they planned on holding a vigil for the teen Saturday night.
Ryan Lillis contributed to this report.