Crime - Sacto 911

Shooting victim drives to seek help before dying in North Highlands

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the killing of a 19-year-old man who died Sunday after driving to a friend’s North Highlands home with a gunshot wound, authorities said.

Sgt. Jason Ramos said authorities were trying to determine where the man had been shot before he drove to a house on the 6000 block of Channing Drive. He died soon after stepping out of the car, Ramos said.

Ramos said the man, driving a black Nissan sedan, abruptly pulled up at 11:45 a.m. behind the car of a woman he knew who lived at the residence. As the woman was loading her kids into her car, Ramos said, “He jumped out, told her he was shot and to call 911.”

Ramos said authorities received no reports of a shooting and did not know where the victim was shot.

“We think he drove from some other location,” Ramos said. “We don’t even know if he was shot in the car. There are no bullet holes in the car. We don’t have any calls of shots fired. So it’s a mystery.”

Ramos said authorities were trying to determine whether the victim’s Nissan was the same car that callers had reported to 911 that they saw speeding through lights on Channing Drive, south of where the victim died. Ramos did not release the victim’s name.

He said anyone with information should call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at 916-874-5115. Tips also my be left at by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword “SSD.” Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.