Man Killed Outside Rancho Cordova Restaurant During Birthday Party

RANCHO CORDOVA -- A violent weekend across the Sacramento area launched several homicide investigations.

Investigators told FOX40 family and friends gathered at a restaurant in Rancho Cordova for a birthday celebration but the night took a violent turn when a man was shot and killed.

Instead of sitting down for his Sunday morning cup of coffee, Mark Fagan watched investigators collect evidence from the parking lot.

“I was pulling up to have my breakfast like I usually do on Sundays and I saw the crime tape,” he explained. “It’s tragic.”

Detectives say someone shot a man in the torso outside of the Lincoln Village Drive restaurant Saturday just before midnight.

They say the victim’s friends and family were the ones celebrating inside.

Doctors pronounced him dead at the hospital.

Detectives later towed away a bullet-ridden SUV.

Customer Tamara Livingston stopped by to make sure none of the employees were injured.

“It’s really close to home,” she told FOX40. “I’m just glad that I didn’t come here last night but I hope that they’re OK because they’re really close friends.”

Investigators have not released any suspect information and say they are still looking into a motive.

Neighbors and customers just hope the person responsible will be found soon.

“I wish there were better ways that people would take care of things instead of violence. It’s not the key, it’s not,” Livingston said.

If you have any information about the crime, call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s name after they’re able to notify next of kin.

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