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13-year-old boy arrested in shooting death at North Highlands apartments

Homicide detectives are investigating the death in North Highlands.
Homicide detectives are investigating the death in North Highlands. video image

A 13-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the killing of a man in his early 20s at a North Highlands apartment complex Tuesday night.

The teen, just a few days shy of his 14th birthday, was booked into the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter, robbery and three counts of attempted robbery, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Officials declined to release the boy’s name because he is a minor.

It was not clear what circumstances led to the man’s death, but before he was found on the ground by deputies responding to the 6800 block of Walerga Road a little after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, shouting and gunshots echoed throughout the community.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was declared dead at the scene by medical personnel.

Deputies were sent to the scene after dispatchers in the sheriff’s communication center received calls from apartment complex residents about hearing the sounds of loud male voices followed by gunshots.

Homicide detectives are investigating the death. Motive had not been determined late Wednesday morning.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.