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Man shot in Citrus Heights drive by is from Roseville

The young man killed in a drive-by shooting last week on a Citrus Heights street with a checkered past has been identified by the coroner’s office.

He was identified on Tuesday as Daniel Rodriguez, 19, of Roseville. Police said his killing was not a random act.

Rodriguez was shot about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 7800 block of Sayonara Drive, near Lialana Way, Citrus Heights police said.

Officers had received numerous calls from residents who heard gunshots and a collision at Sayonara and Lialana, arriving to find a car struck by gunfire and Rodriguez unconscious behind the wheel.

Rodriguez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Witnesses told police that the fatal shots were fired from a car last seen driving west on Sayonara Drive, but investigators had few other leads.

Sayonara Drive was arguably once the city’s most crime-ridden street. The street had a reputation as a haven for gang members and drug dealers, and was the scene of frequent fights and assaults.

But in April 2010, the city launched a major redevelopment project, tearing down 64 apartment units that it purchased after the complexes went into foreclosure.

The result was a new sense of peace and safety, those who live and work in the neighborhood said at the time.

Anyone with information about the shooting of Rodriguez is asked to call Citrus Heights Police at (916) 727-5500.

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