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The Latest – Monday, Jan. 17

1:50 p.m.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said the North Highlands homeowner shot Monday morning died hours after he was taken to the hospital.

Original story below:

NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (KTXL) — A North Highlands neighborhood was on alert Monday after a burglar broke into a gun safe and shot a homeowner with a stolen firearm, killing him.

Sacramento County sheriff’s investigators said it all began just before 5:30 a.m. when the unidentified burglar was trying to break into cars in an area near Greenlawn and Wallaby ways. He then went into a backyard at the end of the cul-de-sac. 

At that point, the burglar got into a backhouse and broke into a safe where guns were stored. 

“That subject was able to get one or two guns out of that safe,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rod Grassmann. “The homeowner confronted that subject and was shot.”

The sheriff’s office said just minutes after its Communications Center got a ShotSpotter activation on Greenlawn Way, a resident in the house called to say the burglar shot their family member.

The shooter ran and the homeowner was rushed to the hospital with at least two gunshot wounds to his upper body. 

No suspect information has been released, but the sheriff’s office confirmed it has several units actively looking for the shooter. 

Lloyd Stanley, who lives a street over from where the shooting happened. While he didn’t hear anything and feels the neighborhood is generally safe, lately he said he’s seen a pattern.

“We get a lot of people coming through here that are just crazy,” Stanley said. “We just keep an eye on things.”

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