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Man killed in Fair Oaks house party shooting identified as Sierra College football player

The man killed in a shooting at a Fair Oaks house party early Sunday morning has been identified as a Sierra College football player. Chancelor Fields-Colbert died Sunday, July 21, 2019, after getting into a fight with an unidentified man.
The man killed in a shooting at a Fair Oaks house party early Sunday morning has been identified as a Sierra College football player. Chancelor Fields-Colbert died Sunday, July 21, 2019, after getting into a fight with an unidentified man. Sierra College

The man killed in a shooting at a Fair Oaks house party Sunday morning has been identified as a Sierra College football player.

The community college’s athletics department announced in social media posts Sunday evening that Chancelor Fields-Colbert died Sunday. Fields-Colbert, who was nicknamed Chance, was an incoming sophomore at Sierra College and played defensive back for the Wolverines. He attended West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, according to his biography page with the college’s athletics department.

One of Fields-Colbert’s teammates, David Stone, confirmed the death resulted from a fight at a party.

Sierra College athletic director Rachel Johnson said in a statement emailed to The Bee the football program is in a state of mourning.

“The entire Wolverine Family is saddened by the tragic news,” Johnson said. “Chance was the epitome of what you want in a student athlete, and represented everything about the Wolverine Way. We are grieving for Chance and his family during this difficult time.”

In a statement emailed to The Bee on Tuesday, football coach Ben Noonan lauded Fields-Colbert.

“The Sierra football family is in a state of shock over the tragic loss of one of our teammates,” Noonan said. “Chance was an incredible young man and I cannot remember a time in which he did not have a smile on his face. He brought a positive energy every day to the program and it was infectious to the entire time culture. Our focus right now is on supporting his family as well as our football family during this time of grief.”

Stone described Fields-Colbert as “a really good kid” who in addition to school and football, briefly worked at Green Acres Nursery & Supply in Rocklin.

Sierra College President William Duncan echoed Stone.

“(Fields-Colbert) was a charismatic and engaging student athlete who had a bright future ahead of him,” he said in a statement emailed to The Bee Tuesday.

Fields-Colbert’s family is currently in Sacramento and will be holding a funeral service for him in Alaska, according to Sierra College spokeswoman Jeannette Bischoff. Plans are also in the works to organize a celebration of life for Fields-Colbert before his family returns to Alaska.

The party at an Airbnb rental home on Fair Oaks Boulevard Saturday night was a going away celebration for Stone, who has a scholarship to play football at Abilene Christian University in Texas, Stone said.

Stone was on the roof talking to a friend at the party when he heard multiple gunshots coming from downstairs around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, he said.

A video obtained by The Bee shows the incident in a 10-second clip. A man in a red hoodie and light blue jeans pushes through a crowd of people with red solo cups, pulls out a gun and points it forward. Someone can be heard yelling “he’s got a gun” and then the video ends. The video was provided to The Bee by someone who did not want to be associated with the slaying.

Stone said he later learned a fight had broken out but he didn’t know what the fight was about or who was involved.

People had been trying to get into the party all night, Stone said. He told his friends manning the gate not to let anyone he didn’t know into the house.

Around 60 people were inside the house at the time of the shooting, and nearly all panicked and tried to exit the house in a hurry following the shots, Stone said. That led to “complete chaos” and “people getting trampled on.”

As the partygoers cleared out, sheriff’s deputies arrived to find a lone male victim lying in the street with a gunshot wound, according to Sgt. Tess Deterding of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. That was Fields-Colbert.

He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported.

“It’s definitely something that nobody wants to experience, especially when it’s a celebration and someone dies at the party,” Stone said.

Following the incident, nearly 10 people at the party were handcuffed and detained for questioning, Stone said, including himself.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 916-874-5115.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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