Cameo Stover was just out enjoying a night in Old Sacramento, celebrating New Year’s Eve when she found herself just a few feet from a deadly shooting inside the Sports Corner bar on K Street.
Police have identified the shooter as 22-year-old Carlito Montoya.
“I saw a man die. I saw (Montoya) empty two clips in (the bartender’s) body,” said Stover.
Stover remembers hearing the gun pop and seeing the flash, paralyzed with fear she just watched the horrific act unfold.
“I saw the bartender, I saw all the bullets hit his body and a couple glasses fell, that’s when I saw the bartender stumble and fall then I saw the man come up over him,” said Stover.
An armed security guard heard the commotion and rushed in, pulling his gun on the Montoya. The two exchanged gun fire; both were struck and wounded. Stover realized that Montoya was about to run past her and she fled the area, screaming to families to hide.
“Kids running around, saying, ‘I can’t find my mom,’ people huddling over their strollers, people screaming,” said Stover.
A bouncer saw Stover and pulled her into a bar for safety. Bars along K Street were on lockdown for close to 30 minutes while police secured the scene. When people were allowed to leave, Stover noticed a man in handcuffs, she recognized him as the shooter and felt compelled to express her anger with him.
“I wanted to say something so bad. I didn’t want this man to leave not knowing what he did he hurt a lot of people last night, affected a lot of people,” said Stover.
She crawled under the crime tape and got Montoya’s attention.
“I crossed the police line, which I was not supposed to do, and I went and faced him. I called him out and said, ‘hey’ and he looked up at me and the police officers also looked up also. I told him, ‘you hurt a lot of people here tonight’ and then I said some other words and he called me a foul name,” said Stover.
Expressing her anger and fear helped with Stover cope with what she saw.
Two people lost their lives at the Sports Corner bar, the bartender and another man, whose wife was injured in the gunfire.
Montoya was shot, along with the security guard who rushed in. Patrons, family and friends have been bringing flowers and candles by to remember the lives lost.
Montoya is being treated for his wounds.