College Party Shooting Leaves One Dead, Another Severely Injured

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A teen dies and another man is sent to the hospital — with neighbors saying it all happened after a college party got out of control.

Neighbors say more than 400 people filled up the small south Sacramento neighborhood on Daya Way for a house party with many students from American River College.

Family and friends say 19-year-old Dijon Smith died at the party.

Neighbors believe Smith fired shots in the air then turned the gun to another party goer a 39-year-old man who supposedly had a gun to enforce security at the party.

It’s not clear who shot at who first, but the two fired at each other.

“Once you came outside to see what was going on; I mean the commotion. You knew exactly what was happening and what was going on,” said neighbor Tennille Nagel.

It happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday. At that time, one man ran from the scene and jumped a fence into a neighbors home, where he tried to hide from police.

“He knows what he is doing because he is apologizing for coming in. He was the same one police were after,” said neighbor Allen Davis.

That man was later questioned but never arrested.

Deputies said they tried to break the party up twice, but returned a third time to the deadly scene, leaving neighbors wondering why more had not been done.

“I mean there were hundreds of people here,” said Nagel. “I don’t understand why when cops were coming to the house with all these people in the neighborhood they didn’t put a stop to it right away.”

Sheriff’s deputies say the investigation is still ongoing. So far there are no suspects are in custody.

The 39-year-old man involved in the shooting was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

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