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Family and friends of Jacobe “Cobe” James gathered at Peregrine Park in Natomas for a candle-light vigil.

James was killed in a birthday party shooting on Saturday evening.

Sacramento Police said around 5 p.m., a vehicle pulled up to the east side of the park. A gunman then walked toward the group, and started shooting. A suspect shot seven people, including a 7-year-old girl. Jacobe James, 26, was shot in the back.

Dr. Andrea Chong was at the other side of the park reading, when the shooting began. She said she ran over to the party to help.

“We weren’t able to feel a pulse, so I started doing chest compressions,” said Chong. “And started doing CPR, but we knew he wasn’t doing well.”

James did not make it. Neighbors said his body was left uncovered at the scene until Sunday morning.

A woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told FOX40 James was at the park to support the 1-year-old birthday boy’s father, who was a friend shot to death last year.

Sacramento Police also said their detectives believe someone at the party fired back at the suspect. However, the suspect managed to flee the scene.

By 4 p.m. Sunday, the clean up crew arrived. By 6 p.m., police took down the yellow tape. By 8 p.m., loved ones of Jacobe James lit candles and displayed posters at the exact place where he took his last breaths.

“They took my nephew away from me,” his uncle, Leonard James said. “He was a good guy. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Sacramento Police does not have anyone in custody. They are looking for multiple suspects.

The other victims were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

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