Media Release No: 14-063
Date of Release: September 20, 2014
Incident No: CH14-08053
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
On September 19th, 2014 at approximately 11:22 p.m., Citrus Heights Police officers were dispatched to the 7800 block of Sayonara Drive regarding a report of shots heard in the area. As officers were responding, multiple additional callers also reported shots were fired and there was a vehicle collision in the area of Sayonara Drive and Lialana Way.
Upon their arrival, officers located a vehicle, which had collided into a light pole. The vehicle had been struck by gunfire, and the male driver of that vehicle was unconscious. Officers performed life saving measures on the victim until medics arrived. He was transported by Sacramento Metro Fire paramedics to a local hospital where he was pronounced as deceased.
There were no other victims from the incident.
Witnesses told police the shots were fired from a vehicle last seen heading westbound on Sayonara Drive. The details involving the suspect and suspect vehicle are still under investigation. However, upon preliminary investigation, it does not appear to be a random act.
"The Citrus Heights Police Department and our community will not tolerate such violent crime in our neighborhoods," said Police Lieutenant Ryan Kinnan. "The actions of these suspects left one person dead and could have led to further serious injuries. We believe someone has information concerning this crime and are asking those individuals to come forward. Residents in the area who may have personal security cameras are asked to review their video footage to identify if they may have captured further suspect information to share with our detectives."
The incident is being investigated by Citrus Heights Police Department Detectives, and the investigation is on-going. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has information related to the incident, is encouraged to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department Investigative Service Division at 916-727-5500.
Citrus Heights Police Department
6315 Fountain Square Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621