A five-hour standoff following a Monday morning shooting at a Carmichael duplex prompted evacuations and a school lockdown before the alleged shooter surrendered midafternoon and was taken into custody.
The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Jeremiah Hankins, is accused of critically wounding a woman, then peppering neighbors, a postal worker and sheriff’s deputies with gunfire when they came to her aid.
Hankins was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a felon and domestic violence.
The incident began about 9:50 a.m. when a woman in her 30s was shot at the home in the 6000 block of Madison Avenue, said Sacramento County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman. The woman, believed to have a domestic relationship with Hankins, was critically injured, Bowman said, and was fighting for her life at an area hospital as the standoff came to an end about 3:05 pm.
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Bowman said the department received several calls reporting gunshots near Madison and Manzanita avenues. One caller said that an injured woman was on the ground in front of the residence. Several individuals, including a postal worker, neighbors and passers-by, tried to rescue the woman, but were driven off by gunfire, Bowman said.
“When we arrived on the scene, he was shooting from the home at deputies,” said Bowman. “As he was firing on deputies, she was in the line of fire. As soon as we were safely able to get to her, we got her in a patrol vehicle and hurried her to the hospital.”
The danger to deputies continued as the man fired three more times during the standoff from the safety of the residence.
An officer who could glimpse the suspect inside the home saw that he was watching television, prompting Bowman to warn TV stations that their live helicopter shots might be giving away the positions of law enforcement officers. The man also had surveillance cameras on his home that could have been monitoring the location of deputies, Bowman said.
She said the department has a history with Hankins relating to illegal weapons possession.
Bowman said Hankins had a brief conversation with a sheriff’s dispatcher, but discontinued the call. Negotiators continued their efforts to communicate with him and in the end, she said, he followed their instructions, emerged from the residence and was taken into custody.
No one else was injured.
The shooting and standoff caused authorities to close Madison Avenue between Rutland Drive and Flagstone Street to traffic. Residents in the area were evacuated.
During the school day, children were kept inside at nearby Charles Peck Elementary where classes continued, said San Juan Unified School District spokesman Trent Allen. Law enforcement officers were on the elementary school campus during the standoff.
The students were released at the regular 3:10 p.m. dismissal time using a “secure checkout process,” said district officials. Adults picking up a child were required to show valid identification and had to be named on the student’s emergency card.
Cars lined the street in front of the school as well as neighborhood streets. Parents stood in line along school sidewalks and into the parking lot, waiting to pick up their children.
Sabrina Oxborrow left the campus with her two nieces. Oxborrow said she learned of the standoff through a news app on her cellphone, then received an automated phone call from the school about 15 minutes later.
“At first, I thought anything could happen,” Oxborrow said. “I was going to try to come get them early, but then I learned the school was on lockdown.”
Oxborrow said she arrived at the school about 2:20 p.m., anticipating the long wait.
Kriss Brito and her grandson, Jordin Meza, were in an SUV on a side street, waiting for Brito’s daughter to pick up her two sons and another child. Brito said Jordin, a sixth-grader at Will Rogers Middle School on Dewey Drive, usually walks home from school. But Brito said she picked him up Monday after she learned from the school that he planned to walk to Charles Peck Elementary to check on the welfare of his brothers. Jordin said students at the middle school were told there had been a shooting near the elementary school.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. The Bee’s Diana Lambert contributed to this report.