A 22-year-old man was shot and killed when a North Highlands house party, where 200 to 300 people were gathered, turned deadly early Saturday morning.
Shots rang out around 3 a.m. in the 7000 block of Plumber Way in North Highlands. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. His identity has not been released.
A 21-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the arm, but the injury was not considered life threatening.
Deputies responded to calls about a large party that appeared to be breaking up when gunshots were heard. Callers said there were an estimated 200 to 300 people at the party. However, partygoers told deputies that no gunshots were fired, but rather it was the sound of fireworks. Deputies were unable to locate any victims. A short time later, two gunshot victims showed up at a local hospital. They were driven there in a private vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department.
When homicide detectives responded to the scene, they received initial information that there were several fights in the street prior to the gunshots being heard. Sacramento Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said deputies believe there’s more than one shooter. One suspect was described as a black male, in his late teens to early 20s, with short dreadlocks. He was reportedly seen leaving the scene on foot, Turnbull said.
The identity of the dead man will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office after notification has been made to his next of kin.
Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling 916-874-TIPS.