Father of south Sacramento shooting victim had 'a gut feeling'
A young man was killed and another critically wounded in a south Sacramento shooting Monday night.
About 10:15 p.m. in the 5000 block of J Parkway, a car slammed into a garage, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Andrew Morales, a resident who witnessed the aftermath.
Morales said he ran outside when he heard a big ruckus and found a man unresponsive in the driver’s seat. That victim died at the scene and was later identified as 24-year-old J’uan Lee Parker by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
“At that time, another gentleman was coming around the corner, screaming, ‘I’ve been shot! I’ve been shot! Where have I been shot at?’” Morales recalled.
The man took off his shirt and pants and frantically asked Morales to locate his wounds.
“You got three bullet holes in your back and two in your leg, it looks like,’ ” Morales recalled telling him. “ ‘But just relax, have a seat, don’t try to move a lot and help will come.’ ”
The second victim, later determined to be a 24-year-old passenger in the crashed vehicle, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Deputies found evidence of a shooting at the intersection of Forest and East parkways, several blocks from where the car crashed into the house.
Ruben Parker, Parker’s father, said he had a bad feeling in his gut as he approached the scene where his son died.
“As a parent, you never want to see this happen, you don’t see this coming, you don’t expect it,” he said. “As a parent, you don’t know the pain until you face the pain. It’s devastating. I wish this on no parent.”
Authorities have not released the identity of either victim, and investigators are trying to determine motive for the shooting. No suspects have been identified.