Sacramento police searching for shooter that killed 1, injured another on Lampasas Avenue

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento police are still searching for whoever shot two people along Lampasas and Traction avenues just before noon Monday. 

“There may have been two people, but we have very limited suspect descriptions at this point,” Officer Karl Chan told FOX40. 

One of the people injured was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but he later died Monday night. A woman involved in the shooting suffered minor injuries. 

Chan said investigators have no motive yet and detectives are following leads. 

The shooting happened in the wake of another violent call on Sunday in which a suspect fired shots at police. It’s all part of a dangerous rise in crime in the city. 

There have been 54 homicides in Sacramento so far this year.

“Whereas you compare that to last year, we had 43 homicides total for the entire year. So, there is definitely a rise in shootings and homicides,” Chan said. “For our department, we continue to see almost on a daily basis illegally possessed guns on the streets.” 

Police said they have seized guns from validated gang members and people with felonies. Through October, police have made more than a thousand arrests for possession of firearms compared to just more than 600 last year. 

“One of the questions you have to ask yourself is that we’ve taken these guns off the streets, what would’ve happened if our officers weren’t able to take these guns off these streets? How many more shootings would we have had,” Chan said. 

He explained that partnerships with mentors, such as Brother to Brother, are instrumental in helping to curb violence. 

“And that’s eye-opening. We educate about the consequences of being caught with weapons and using weapons,” Mervin Brookins, founder and CEO of Brother to Brother, said. 

The group also encourages people to finish school and helps with finding jobs. 

“So it’s not like we’re just saying put the guns down. We’re also trying to give them something to pickup as well” Brookins said.

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