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Update: South Sacramento shopping center homicide victim identified

Investigators examine the truck that was driven by a man killed in a shooting Sunday outside Home Depot on Meadowview Road in Sacramento.
Investigators examine the truck that was driven by a man killed in a shooting Sunday outside Home Depot on Meadowview Road in Sacramento. smagagnini@sacbee.com

A man was killed in a drive-by shooting at a busy south Sacramento shopping center anchored by a Home Depot store late Sunday morning.

The victim, Anthony E. Barajas, 20, of Sacramento, was shot from another vehicle at 11:21 a.m. as he was pulling into a parking lot in the 1400 block of Meadowview Road, according to Sacramento police spokesman Officer Justin Brown.

Barajas, who drove a gold Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a raised suspension, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police have not said if they are seeking more than one suspect and have provided no identification.

In addition to Home Depot, the shopping area is home to businesses such as Wendy’s, Staples and Starbucks. Bullets hit the Wendy’s, which closed for the day after the shooting. Police cordoned off several rows of cars with yellow caution tape while investigators combed the scene.

Mark Corum, who works in Home Depot’s appliances department, said he was in front of the store Sunday morning when he heard about seven blasts from across the parking lot.

“We were out having a smoke and thought it was coming from the fireworks stand, and then about 50 cops showed up,” said Corum, 58, who watched the pickup rumble to a stop about 30 yards from a store entrance. “That’s as far as it got. A lady noticed (the driver) was injured and called 911.”

Corum said he saw Sacramento police pull a man from the pickup.

“He was definitely unconscious,” Corum said, adding that several passengers were in the victim’s truck, and they appeared to be unhurt. “The police pulled them to the side.”

A police department statement Sunday late afternoon said the suspect’s vehicle was seen fleeing westbound on Meadowview Road toward Freeport Boulevard. It was described as an older model 4-door sedan.

Brown gave no detail on the weapon used. He said police would look for surveillance video that could provide information about what happened.

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