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Woman in critical condition after being shot in ‘tragic accident’ near Garden Highway

A woman remains in critical condition after being shot Sunday night in what police have labeled “a tragic accident” inside a house in a cul-de-sac near Garden Highway and the Sacramento River.

The unidentified woman, who is in her 20s, suffered a single gunshot wound around 9:30 p.m. in a home on Avocet Court, a short, dead-end stretch of road lined with newish stucco homes.

An officer at the scene initially told dispatchers that the shooting happened after “someone was showing a new gun,” according to audio of the dispatch call.

Officer Eddie Macaulay, Sacramento Police Department spokesman, said the incident appeared to be an accident and had not resulted in any arrests as of Monday morning.

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The Avocet Court home where neighbors said a woman was shot Sunday night. The Sacramento Police Department is considering the incident a “tragic accident.” Nashelly Chavez

Macaulay said the gunshot wound did not appear to be self-inflicted. He would not release the relationship between the shooter and the victim or any other details.

The police radio audio indicated the injured woman was still conscious when police arrived but was having trouble breathing. She was taken to a local hospital by Sacramento Fire Department medics.

Homicide detectives took over the investigation despite the victim being alive – albeit in critical condition – as of 8:30 a.m. Monday. After identifying all involved parties and determining there were no outstanding suspects, detectives concluded the incident was isolated and posed no threat to other community members.

A man who answered the door where neighbors said the shooting happened said he did not live there and that none of the occupants were home Monday morning. He declined to answer any questions before closing the door of the two-story home.

Public records list a 27-year-old man named Dylan Whitmer as a resident of the home, along with other family members. A Facebook page for a young man with the same name includes several photographs of him holding or posing with guns.

Neighbor Chris Pichardo said a man, his son and possibly the son’s girlfriend lived at the house. He did not remember hearing any disputes from his neighbors in the six years he’s lived there, Pichardo said. He was not home at the time of the shooting.

Police are encouraging anyone with information regarding the shooting to call dispatch at (916) 264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP, or submit an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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