A ballroom dance instructor and Sacramento State alum is dead after a shooting near 28th and J Streets early Saturday morning, with investigators saying it looks like he was hit by a bullet from a nearby argument.
Police got calls around 12:35 a.m. about people hearing gunshots and a possible victim. Once there, officers found a man with a gunshot wound in a parking lot.
The man was treated by medical personnel at the scene and was taken to a hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.
After the preliminary investigation, a police report writes that the shooting stemmed from an argument between two groups near the area. The man is said by investigators to have had no involvement with either of the groups.
Sunday, the man was identified as 32-year-old Carmichael resident Joseph A. Long. Before the shooting, Long is said to have been swing dancing at Midtown Stomp. Long was walking two women to their car when he was hit by the stray bullet.
Detectives are still investigating the shooting, with the Sacramento Police Department asking anyone with information to call them at (916) 264-5471, or to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357).