A fight between a group of strangers and a 14-year-old ended with the teen being shot multiple times in front of an Arden Arcade home Thursday night, Sgt. Shaun Hampton, a Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman, said Friday.
The teen, who received multiple gunshot wounds to the lower body, is expected to survive the shooting. The suspects involved in the altercation fled immediately after the gunshots were fired and are still being sought by authorities, Hampton said.
“We don’t know how many shooters there were, but there were multiple people present,” Hampton said. “At this point, we don’t have any information that would lead us to believe that they knew each other as friend or acquaintances.”
The shooting was reported to police after receiving multiple calls to the 1600 block of Clinton Road, a residential street in the Arden Arcade area, about 9:20 p.m., a department news release said.
Deputies believe there was an initial contact between the 14-year-old and the group, who were riding in a car, in front of the Clinton Road home earlier that night, Hampton said. Within an hour of the initial contact, the group returned and were involved in a physical and verbal fight, which escalated to a shooting, he added.
The victim was taken via private vehicle to an area hospital before first responders arrived. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department detectives have talked to the 14-year-old since the shooting but have not yet identified the suspects involved, Hampton said.
On Friday afternoon, yellow crime tape sat inside a garbage bin parked curbside in front of a home on Clinton Road. A sign posted in front of the house warned of a camera surveillance system that recorded 24 hours a day, though Hampton said he was not sure if video footage of the shooting existed.
A man who answered the door Friday declined to speak to a Sacramento Bee reporter. Hampton said he did not have a description of the suspects or vehicle involved. No one was in custody as of Friday afternoon, he said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Tips may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling 916-874-8477.