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Arrest made in killing of North Natomas librarian

A North Natomas man has been charged with the killing of a Sacramento librarian who was found shot in her car Tuesday night.

Ronald Seay, 56, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony homicide in the shooting death of Amber Clark, who was killed in the parking lot of the North Natomas Public Library, police announced Thursday.

Detectives believe Clark was targeted and are investigating the motive for the shooting, said department spokesman Sgt. Vance Chandler.

Chandler said Seay has lived a few miles from the North Natomas Public Library for several months and previously lived out of state. He was issued a no trespass order for the library property after causing a disturbance there on Oct. 13. Clark was a supervisor at the library at the time. Police did not immediately say if Seay and Clark had interacted during the incident that led to his ban from the facility.

Seay was arrested Wednesday morning after a short, slow-speed chase at 5:30 a.m. in the area of Elverta Road in Natomas, said Chandler.

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Ronald Seay, 56, has been arrested on suspicion of felony homicide in the killing of North Natomas librarian Amber Clark. Sacramento Police Department

Clark, 41, was sitting in her car when Seay allegedly approached and shot her in face and head Tuesday night after dark, according to police and scanner traffic obtained through the online archive Broadcastify.

Chandler said a handgun was used and Clark was shot multiple times. He said multiple weapons were recovered during the investigation of Seay, but he could not comment on whether the weapon used in the killing had been recovered.

Community college students were in class at the American River College satellite campus next door when the shots were fired. Police responded to the shooting shortly after 6 p.m. and found Clark “unresponsive” in her car, according to police radio communications.

Initial reports said the suspect was wearing a mask and teal clothing, and fled the scene in a gray sedan with out of state license plates.

Clark worked as an educator in Oklahoma before joining the Sacramento Public Library in 2015, where she worked in Florin, North Highlands and Natomas branches.

Clark’s husband, Kelly Clark, said his wife “pursued professions that served to benefit young people and the betterment of society,” in a statement emailed to The Bee.

“She selflessly gave of herself to her community,” he said.

Library Director Rivkah Sass said at a press conference Wednesday that Clark had been an advocate for those with special needs.

“She had a great, compelling, charismatic personality, because she felt so deeply about the work that she did. We’re especially grateful for all she did for us, to raise our awareness as a library staff, on serving people with special needs,” Sass said. “She changed how we program for that particular audience.”

Sass said Clark’s death feels like losing a member of her family.

“She was fierce,” said Sass. “She did not suffer fools, I would say. She knew what she wanted and she was very direct with people about making sure that staff felt comfortable and safe, that the services we offered really were ones that met the community’s needs.”

“She had a great, compelling, charismatic personality, because she felt so deeply about the work that she did. We’re especially grateful for all she did for us, to raise our awareness as a library staff, on serving people with special needs,” Sass said. “She changed how we program for that particular audience.”

Seay was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail Thursday on suspicion of felony homicide and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

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