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‘Why did this happen to me?’ shooting victim asks while dying

The shooting took place on the corner of Eighth Avenue and San Carlos Way in the Oak Park area of Sacramento.
The shooting took place on the corner of Eighth Avenue and San Carlos Way in the Oak Park area of Sacramento.

Multiple gunshots rang through Oak Park early Tuesday, leaving a man with fatal injuries, the Sacramento Police Department said.

Police were sent to the intersection of San Carlos Way and Eighth Avenue about 1:15 a.m. after receiving calls of shots fired, said Officer Eddie Macaulay. Once officers arrived, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds bleeding on the sidewalk corner.

The sidewalk was cleared of any evidence of a shooting by about 10 a.m. Tuesday. Neighbor Ravion Cannon, 23, said the man was found a few feet from a fire hydrant on the northwest corner of the intersection. The gunshots woke her from her sleep and led her to where the man had been shot, she said.

“It seemed like they were going on for forever,” Cannon said of the gunshots. “He said, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ 

Cannon said that she did not get a clear view of his face and did not recognize the victim.

Neighbor Coi Le had not slept all morning after hearing the gunshots ring in front of his home in the night, he said as he swept leaves from in front of his home Tuesday morning. He counted upward of seven rounds.

Police told him to stay behind the chain-link fence that surrounds his home, Le said.

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he died of his wounds at about 4 a.m., Macaulay said. His identity has not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Officers continued to look for the shooter Tuesday morning. Detectives were seeing canvassing surrounding streets, looking for any in-home camera surveillance systems that may have captured part of the incident.

There was no description of the suspect or information about whether the shooter was traveling by foot or car as Tuesday afternoon, Macaulay said.

The homicide occurred half a block from the Oak Park Multiservice Center and a children’s day care center. There is no evidence the shooting is gang-related, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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