Deputies Investigating Deadly Shooting in Rancho Cordova Neighborhood

RANCHO CORDOVA -- Sacramento County deputies are investigating after a man was found dead from a gunshot wound shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday.

It happened in a residential neighborhood in Rancho Cordova.

Mathew Shaffer, 34

Neighbors were left asking the same question, "What led up to this shooting?"

“We were just shocked that someone was killed just up the street,” said neighbor Jim Garcia.

Neighbors say they woke up to gunshots outside their doors.

"I think it was about 9:30 to 9:45, I heard about five or six gunshots," said Michelle Ming. "I knew it was gunshots, but you hear them a lot in this neighborhood, sometimes fireworks."

Sacramento County deputies say a man was found lying in the street on Astral Drive. They say he was shot at least once in the upper body and was later pronounced dead.

“I walked outside realized what I was looking at and just broke down,” Ming said.

On Monday, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said they had arrested Mathew Shaffer, from Rancho Cordova.

"For something like this to happen in our neighborhood, it’s terrible. It shouldn’t happen," Garcia said.

Family members at the scene, who did not want to appear on camera, say the victim was a father of three in his late 20’s.

They say he left his home a few blocks away to hang up yard sale signs but never returned. Officials say the shooting stemmed from a road rage incident.

It is not entirely unclear at this time what happened leading up to the shooting but neighbors said it was concerning.

“All up and down this street there are kids and older people,” Ming said.

Police have not yet released the identity of the victim or a motive.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department at 916-362-5115.

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