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One man arrested, another sought in shooting at Natomas shopping center

Jason Brown
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One man has been arrested and another is sought in a fatal shooting Sept. 28 in the parking lot of a Natomas shopping center.

Sacramento police announced that 24-year-old John Bunch was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder. They are asking the community’s help in finding the second man sought in the case, 18-year-old Jason Brown.

Officers responded at 8:34 p.m. Sept. 28 to a report of a man found lying in the parking lot following the sound gunfire near the 3600 block of Truxel Road. They found 53-year-old Walter Gibson of the Sutter County community of Rio Oso with gunshot injuries to his upper body in the parking lot of the Natomas Marketplace. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives later determined that the shooting was drug related.

During the investigation, detectives identified Brown and Bunch as primary suspects in the case, according to a Police Department news release. In conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, investigators obtained arrest warrants for both men, accusing them of murder with a special circumstance of robbery.

Bunch was found about 10 a.m. Tuesday in Alameda County and arrested without incident, police said. They are still looking for Brown, who is believed to live in the Bay Area.

Police said they consider Brown to be armed and dangerous. They said investigators believe he may be linked to two other homicides that occurred this year in Alameda and Fresno counties.

Anyone with information regarding Brown’s whereabouts is asked to call the Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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