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Suspect in south Sacramento shooting turns himself in, mother arrested, deputies say

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Law enforcement officials are searching for a suspect after a shooting was reported in south Sacramento on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2019. SWAT teams and K9 police units are currently searching for the suspect.
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Law enforcement officials are searching for a suspect after a shooting was reported in south Sacramento on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2019. SWAT teams and K9 police units are currently searching for the suspect.

A suspect in a Tuesday morning shooting in south Sacramento that left one woman dead and led to a manhunt by SWAT teams turned himself in to law enforcement Wednesday, authorities said.

Update: Family holds vigil for gunshot victim Dajha Richards

SWAT and K-9 officers searched for several hours after the shooting, but did not find any suspects, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Damion Horton, 20, was later identified as the suspect and turned himself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.

Horton was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on murder charges Wednesday afternoon and is ineligible for bail, officials said. Horton is accused of shooting and killing a woman in the 7800 block of Orchard Woods Circle and fleeing with a handgun.

According to a Wednesday evening press release, investigators determined that family members helped the suspect evade capture by law enforcement. One of the people suspected of aiding Horton is his mother, Yolanda Smith.

Smith was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact and violation of probation, officials said. Smith is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail and is ineligible for bail, the release said.

The shooting victim – identified by friends and family as Dajha Richards, 19 – suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body and was taken to a hospital where she died, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

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