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Sunday shooting outside Arden Arcade lounge now a homicide

A man shot early Sunday outside a lounge establishment in Arden Arcade area has died of his injuries.

The shooting victim, identified as James A. Watkins, 37, died Wednesday, according to a Sacramento Sheriff’s Department news release.

Deputies responded in the early morning hours Sunday to reports of an altercation inside the business in the 3400 block of El Camino Avenue, near Watt Avenue. Before they arrived, the fight spilled into the parking lot where there were reports of gunshots fired, sheriff’s officials said.

When deputies arrived, they found Watkins had been struck by the gunfire, and he was taken to a hospital with injuries that were life-threatening.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are involved in the investigation and ask anyone with information related to the shooting to call the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Tip information also may be left anonymously via the Sheriff’s Department website by texting 274637 and entering the keyword “SSD,” or by calling (916) 874-8477.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.