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Woman, 23, shot and killed in North Highlands home

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A 23-year-old woman was shot to death in her home Tuesday morning, Feb. 23, 2016, in North Highlands. Sacramento Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull describes what happened.
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A 23-year-old woman was shot to death in her home Tuesday morning, Feb. 23, 2016, in North Highlands. Sacramento Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull describes what happened.

Authorities searched Tuesday for whoever shot and killed the mother of two young children in her North Highlands home early Tuesday.

The victim, 23, was found about 12:40 a.m. in the front room of her home in the 3800 block of Galbrath Drive, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman suffered a gunshot wound to her upper torso. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District medical personnel.

The victim’s name has not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office pending notification of family. Public records indicate Erin Hanks, 23, lived at the address.

The victim’s two children, ages 1 and 5, were not injured in the incident, according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull. Investigators believe the shooter fired from outside the home, striking the woman.

On Tuesday afternoon, a small patch of glass was shattered on the front window at the residence, showing where the bullet entered. Blood stained the carpet of a bedroom. The interior lights were on, but the home appeared empty.

Authorities did not know Tuesday whether the shooter was on foot or in a vehicle. No description of the shooter and motive for the shooting have been established.

Neighbor Anita Tipler, 65, said she heard four gunshots in quick succession and then sirens from emergency vehicles five minutes later. She did not hear any tires screech, however.

Tipler, who has lived in the area since 1966, when the homes had recently been built, lamented how violence has taken over the neighborhood.

“I hear gunshots every few months,” she said. “Before, we’d leave the screen doors open. Now, you have bars over windows and fences.”

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang

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