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‘Extremely bizarre’: 16-year-old shot dead, 13-year-old arrested for murder

Shooting death at Carmichael apartment investigated

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Shaun Hampton describes deputies' investigation of a fatal shooting Sunday afternoon at an apartment in the 4400 block of Manzanita Avenue.
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Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Shaun Hampton describes deputies' investigation of a fatal shooting Sunday afternoon at an apartment in the 4400 block of Manzanita Avenue.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department found a teenager shot to death in a Carmichael apartment early Sunday afternoon in “extremely bizarre” circumstances, Sgt. Shaun Hampton said.

A 13-year-old male has been arrested for the murder of Zachary Whittington, 16, according to the sheriff’s department.

At about 1 p.m Sunday, a resident in an apartment complex on the 4400 block of Manzanita Avenue called 911 to report hearing a gunshot.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the complex, bystanders directed them to a locked apartment. Deputies found broken glass and attempted to communicate with individuals inside but received no response.

After forcibly entering the apartment, deputies discovered Whittington’s unconscious body with multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies attempted CPR, but Whittington was ultimately pronounced dead on scene.

Hampton said Whittington’s wounds were certainly not self-inflicted and that as of Sunday afternoon investigators were confident the incident was a homicide.

Just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s Department responded to a call on Bourbon Drive near Scotch Court, less than a mile away from the scene, according to a news release posted later that evening.

Deputies located and detained a 13-year-old male, then recovered a handgun nearby, according to the release.

The 13-year-old was subsequently arrested for murder and charges related to firearm possession, the sheriff’s department said.

Hampton said sheriffs believe the man was not shot from outside the apartment; rather, the violence took place within the apartment’s rooms.

No witnesses in the apartment complex had reported having seen anything out of the ordinary as of Sunday afternoon, complicating a scenario Hampton described as “extremely bizarre.”

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