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Crime Q&A: Was gunman who killed homeless man at parkway campsite caught?

Q: A homeless man named Ken Massie was shot and killed while sleeping in the American River Parkway in about 2000-2003. I’d like to know the specifics of the case and was it ever resolved.

Timothy, Sacramento

A: Ken Massie, a homeless man, was killed and a friend was injured when the two were attacked in February 2002 by a masked gunman as they were bedding down at their regular group campsite near downtown Sacramento.

Witnesses told police that the shooter did not appear to be homeless, according to a story in The Sacramento Bee. Police said at the time that they had no suspects, and no arrests have been reported in the case.

Friends and staff members at Loaves & Fishes described Massie was a homeless man who defied the stereotype, saying he preferred Louis L’Amour novels and ramen to drinking and drugs. They said he always left his campsite spotless.

Massie’s name is inscribed on a memorial wall at Loaves & Fishes.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy