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After fatal shooting, councilman seeks ways to improve safety at housing development

Councilman Steve Hansen said he and Mayor Darrell Steinberg plan to hold a community gathering to learn more about the “wants and needs” of the residents.
Councilman Steve Hansen said he and Mayor Darrell Steinberg plan to hold a community gathering to learn more about the “wants and needs” of the residents. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Following Friday’s fatal shooting in the Seavey Circle housing development, Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen said he is preparing to ask the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency to come up with a plan for improving the safety and security of the affordable housing developments it oversees.

One man was killed and another was injured Friday night during a shooting in the 300 block of Seavey Circle in the Upper Land Park area, the Sacramento Police Department reported. Officers were called to the area about 9:51 p.m. after reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found two men, each suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a department news release.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital, where one of the victims was pronounced dead. The other victim is in stable condition. Authorities said a motive for the shooting has not been determined.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

Before 2014, the development was home to a dedicated team of POP, or problem-oriented policing officers, paid for by SHRA through the use of federal grant money. After the grant money ended, the officers were reassigned, and patrol of that area was assumed by city-wide crime suppression POP units, said Officer Eddie Macaulay, police spokesman.

Hansen said he wants SHRA to address several key issues, including patrolling, social services and providing adequate lighting, among others.

Hansen said he and Mayor Darrell Steinberg also plan to hold a community gathering to learn more about the “wants and needs” of the residents.

The Police Department, meanwhile, “welcomes any additional staffing the Council is willing to provide funding for,” Macaulay said.

The Sacramento Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding the homicide contact the dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-HELP.

Barbara Harvey: 916-321-1821, @barbaraaharvey

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