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Sacramento police: ‘Good leads’ in Sac City college shooting

Roman P. Gonzalez died in a shooting in a Sacramento City College staff parking lot near the softball field on Thursday, according to Sacramento police.
Roman P. Gonzalez died in a shooting in a Sacramento City College staff parking lot near the softball field on Thursday, according to Sacramento police. rbyer@sacbee.com

Sacramento police said Tuesday they were closer to arresting a suspect they believe shot and killed one man in a Sacramento City College parking lot in an incident last week that left another man seriously wounded.

“We hope to have an arrest soon,” said Officer Justin Brown, a spokesman for the department, adding that there was no specific timeline for an arrest. “We’re following up on some good leads.”

The suspect in the shooting was described by police as a male adult Pacific Islander wearing a white T-shirt and beige cargo shorts. The incident unfolded Thursday after an argument turned violent in a busy staff parking lot on the south side of the campus facing Sutterville Road.

Brown declined to offer more information on the suspect or the case because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.

“Sometimes we need to protect the integrity of the case and may not release certain details,” he said.

Just before 4 p.m. Thursday, Roman P. Gonzalez and his cousin Rico Ridgeway – both of whom have criminal records – began fighting with two still-unidentified men. Ridgeway, 24, then allegedly stabbed one of the men, according to police.

Ridgeway was arraigned Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He remains at the Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $90,000 bail.

According to the complaint from prosecutors, Ridgeway stabbed Charlie Hola, who has not been publicly identified by police. The man remains at an area hospital but is expected to survive, according to police.

A third man fired shots, killing Gonzalez, 25, and grazing Ridgeway, who tried to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Gonzalez in the parking lot.

Both Gonzalez and Ridgeway were registered at the school this semester, according to campus spokesman Rick Brewer. He said the stabbing victim is a former student at the college.

Ridgeway has been expelled and will not be allowed to take classes at the college, Brewer added.

The Los Rios Police Department patrols have increased on campus since the incident, he said.

“We want students to feel safe,” Brewer said.

Video and photographs by Renée C. Byer, produced by Andrew Seng

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