Man Suspected in Deadly South Sacramento Shooting Turns Himself In

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Damion Horton, 20 (Credit: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)

SACRAMENTO — The man suspected in a deadly South Sacramento shooting turned himself in Wednesday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s department.

Twenty-year-old Damion Horton was named as a suspect in the shooting earlier Wednesday.

Deputies responded to a neighborhood along Orchard Woods Circle, near Gerber and Power Inn roads Tuesday morning. A young woman was found with a gunshot wound to the upper body. She died as she was being taken to the hospital.

Yolanda Smith, 37 (Credit: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)

The sheriff’s department said investigators believed friends and family of Horton were helping him evade deputies. Horton’s 37-year-old mother, Yolanda Smith, was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact and violating her probation status. She is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail and is ineligible for bail.

A vigil for the victim, who friends and family identified as Deja Richard, was planned for Wednesday evening.


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