As Sheriff’s Department Searches for Quadruple Shooting Suspect, They Say Gun Violence Remains Steady Year Over Year

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SACRAMENTO -- The circumstances surrounding a quadruple shooting last night at a Myrtle Avenue apartment complex are terrifying.

"I was scared. I was like 'What about the kids? I know all the kids,'" said one neighbor.

A 15-year-old girl was shot in the leg. Three other adults were wounded, one of whom may not survive. All the victims were hit by indiscriminate gunfire. An angry assailant, police say, fired through a closed apartment door.

There were 16 people inside and five of those were children.

"Multiple victims inside. There could have been a lot more. That takes it to another level," said Sacramento Sheriff's Sgt. Tony Turnbull.

Turnbull says he knows it might look like a spike in gun violence; especially to the other people who live in that same apartment complex, and especially because the shooter hasn't been caught yet.

"I opened the door and just see people running," said Ammy Harfouch, another neighbor.

But Turnbull says Sacramento County has seen just about the same amount of gun violence this year as in the past year.

"But there are those that clearly have the intent to do it -- have no problem pulling the trigger. And if they do it this time, they'll have no problem doing it next time. And those are the people we need to get off the streets," Turnbull said.

And while Turnbull says the streets in Sacramento County are no more dangerous this year than they were last, in the city of Sacramento the news is even better.

"We know that crime is down in all of these areas," said Sacramento Police Spokesman Matt McPhail.

From theft to gun violence, Sacramento has seen less crime so far in 2016.

And both men say the key is police communication with the public they serve.

"So we're trying to reach out to people who might not be part of or typical outreach efforts," McPhail said.

Outreach is the focus for both preventing crime and for solving crime like Monday night's shooting.

"We're going to do our job. But there's more than just making a successful arrest. There's a successful prosecution. And there's information we need from eye witnesses, from the public," Turnbull said.