19-Year-Old Father Killed in West Sacramento’s First Homicide in Over a Year; Suspect Dead

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WEST SACRAMENTO -- A man was found dead on the sidewalk outside of his home in a West Sacramento neighborhood around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Cruz Abel, 19, had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead near 1800 Merkley Avenue, according to the West Sacramento Police Department.

Police soon identified the suspect, 19-year-old Andres Binion, after his black 2002 Mitsubishi Galant was seen leaving the area of the shooting.

Officers later found Binion after responding to a disturbance at a Denny's off Madison Avenue in Sacramento. Binion had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Binion was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.

A neighbor, Melanie Hunter, described Abel as a good man, good dad and said he always had his young daughter with him.

The police department does not believe this was a random attack but the investigation is ongoing.

This is the first homicide of 2017 for West Sacramento. Roger Kinney of the West Sacramento Police Department told FOX40 that there were no reported homicides in the area for all of last year.