Woman Killed Outside Natomas Library Identified

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NORTH NATOMAS -- The person shot and killed Tuesday night outside the library at the American River College Natomas Center was identified as 41-year-old Amber Clark.

Clark's body was discovered in a parking lot shared by the North Natomas Public Library and the campus. It's unclear where the shooting actually took place.

City Councilmember Angelique Ashby said on her Facebook page that Clark was the supervisor at the library. Ashby described Clark as "a fierce advocate for literacy, students, art and our community."

Rivkah Sass, director of the 28-location library system Clark was proud to serve, spoke out about the 41-year-old as a standout in Sacramento.

"She was fierce,” Sass said. “She did not suffer fools, I would say. She knew what she wanted."

Part of that was making spaces work for everyone. Clark, ascending to the role of supervisor, pushed her library system to do more for those with special needs, like autism. The Sacramento Public Library described Clark as "a champion for accessibility and inclusion."

John Wong was one of many who came to the library Wednesday only to find the doors locked.

"It’s a pretty peaceful area," Wong said. "You normally don’t think something like that can happen."

Officers said the shooting did not appear to be random and that Clark was targeted.

"We do know that this was not a random act and based on the information that we have right now, we believe that the victim was targeted," said Sacramento Police Sgt. Vance Chandler.

They have yet to make an arrest.

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While the library director would not clarify what, if any, threat against Clark may have been known, she did say that the Natomas location and the system’s 18 other locations have paid private security on site.

The citywide system's 300 employees strategize for and drill on several different safety scenarios. But in the end, those employees often feel vulnerable because they work in areas that need to be open and accessible.

"As library director, I want to keep people safe,” Sass said. “I want to keep every single staff person safe and I feel like I let Amber down. And yet I know there's not much I could have done."

While detectives have spoken to some witnesses, police believe others who saw the shooting have yet to come forward.

"We do know that there were more that were there yesterday and we are asking them to step forward and provide information to us," Chandler said.

There are surveillance cameras all over the campus and library. Sacramento police told FOX40 they are reviewing the footage from Tuesday night.


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