7 Shot, 1 Dead in Birthday Party Shooting in Sacramento Park
Seven people were shot at a birthday party for a one-year-old child in Sacramento this past Saturday.
One adult was killed, a man in his 20s, while the other six are expected to survive. A 7-year-old child was one of the victims.
"I just dove to the ground. There was about 25-30 shots that rang out, everyone was screaming and yelling and just running all hysterical," a witness told CBS Sacramento.
The celebration at Peregrine Park was abruptly torn apart as the barrage began at around 5 p.m.
"There was one kid shot in the leg, the other guy was shot who died ... and there was a couple people around the corner [with] wounds to the leg and to the back," the witness said.
Guests and neighbors were shocked by the sudden gunfire.
"Somebody called and said, 'Don't come to this party, they just shot this party up.' I was like I don't believe this. What is going on?" said Brenda Jones, whose 2-year-old grandson was at the party.
Friends and family prayed in the aftermath of the violence as police and emergency crews arrived. Investigators don’t know who the perpetrators are or why they targeted children, but they believe the shooting might have been gang related.
"Some folks approached the party, shots were fired," said Doug Morse with the Sacramento Police Department. "Our gang detectives were called out so we are going to try to get to the bottom of that."
“There were so many eyewitnesses,” Morse told the Sacramento Bee. “Detectives are trying to talk to everyone they can.”
"It's devastating that it happened in my backyard and the park that we go to everyday," a neighbor in the area said.