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Woman shot in Natomas parking-lot homicide identified as library employee

Fatal shooting at ARC Natomas Center

Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Linda Matthew discusses the fatal shooting that occurred at the Natomas Center on Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018.
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Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Linda Matthew discusses the fatal shooting that occurred at the Natomas Center on Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018.

The woman fatally shot in a Natomas library parking lot Tuesday evening has been identified as 41-year-old Amber Clark, a supervisor at the library.

While community college students were sitting in class and a football banquet was underway at nearby Inderkum High School, Clark was shot in the head by a suspected masked man Tuesday evening, according to police radio communications on Broadcastify.com and coroner records.

“We do not believe this is a random act,” said Sgt. Vance Chandler, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department. “We believe the victim was targeted. The investigation is very active and we have some leads that we’re working on currently.”

Just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, sirens wailed as police raced toward the Natomas Public Library on Del Paso Road where the woman had been shot while sitting in her car. The suspect, wearing a mask and teal clothing, allegedly fled the scene in a gray sedan with out-of-state license plates, according to radio communications. A Los Rios police sergeant caught a glimpse of the vehicle as the suspect fled north, past the high school.

Clark was “unrepsonsive” when emergency personnel arrived and had a visible “gunshot wound to the face and head,” police said in radio communications.

Police are asking any witnesses to come forward, Chandler said.

Clark had previously worked in Oklahoma as an educator before joining the Sacramento Public Library three years ago, the library said in a statement.

She was a “champion for accessibility and inclusion, teaching all of us that we are all people and not defined by our disabilities or differences,” the Sacramento Public Library said.

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