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Search for shooter continues in Oak Park drive-by gunfire

The yellow “crime scene” tape was gone from 44th Street on Tuesday, but evidence of the blood shed there 24 hours earlier remained.

A water hose in one hand, a push broom in the other, Leo Tillis spent Tuesday morning scrubbing the blood from the sidewalk and gutter outside his Oak Park home.

Tillis said his grandson was among five people injured in a Memorial Day drive-by shooting. Two of the victims remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday afternoon, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said. Authorities have not identified those injured in the incident.

Turnbull said that all five victims live in the neighborhood and their ages are 18, 20, 23, 53 and 64. Homicide and gang detectives were at the scene on Monday, but it is still unknown whether the shooting was gang-related.

The victims were apparently standing on the shaded porch of Tillis’ 44th Street home, while a Memorial Day barbecue – complete with a bounce house – took place across the street. Police said an unknown number of shooters fired into the group around 3 p.m. Monday.

Tillis paused his macabre chore long enough to tell friends who stopped their car to talk that his grandson was “OK.” Tillis said he was not home at the time of the incident.

The pile at the end of Tillis’ broom featured styrofoam plates, straws and other rubbish coated in a soapy foam with reddish hue.

“I’m cleaning up the blood that was here,” he explained to a passing motorist.

Authorities have just the barest description of the shooters’ vehicle: a dark-colored compact.

Turnbull said witness participation is vital to closing the case.

“We need that cooperation to find out who is responsible,” Turnbull said.

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch