A 16-year-old boy was reported in critical condition early Wednesday evening following a shooting in south Sacramento County.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at 4:20 p.m. reporting shots fired in the 7200 block of Lindale Drive, off Florin Road. The caller said someone had been shot and was lying on the ground.
Deputies found the 16-year-old with gunshot wounds to the upper torso lying on the ground outside a residence, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The deputies began life-saving measures, and the boy was transported by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses reported seeing an African American male walk up to the victim and begin shooting at him with a handgun, sheriff’s officials said. The shooter then got into the rear seat of a dark-colored sedan that headed south on Lindale Drive. Sheriff’s officials said they had no further description of the shooter.
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Although the motive for the shooting is not known, sheriff’s officials said they do not believe it was a random attack.
Detectives responded to the scene, and an investigation was underway Wednesday evening.
Anyone with information pertaining to the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357. Tip information may also be left anonymously on the Sheriff’s Department’s website, www.sacsheriff.com, or by calling 916-874-8477.