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Teens arrested in fatal West Sacramento shooting face possible homicide, robbery charges

Michael McGough and Molly Sullivan

The Sacramento Bee

January 6, 2020

Two teen boys are being held on charges including homicide and robbery in connection with the fatal Saturday shooting of a 16-year-old girl on a West Sacramento trail, authorities said Monday, and a teenage girl faces a charge of being an accessory.

A boy from Elk Grove and another from West Sacramento are each facing possible charges of homicide, robbery and conspiracy, West Sacramento Police Department spokesman Sgt. Eric Angle said in an emailed update Monday morning. A Sacramento girl is being held as a possible accessory to the crimes. All three suspects are 16 years old.

The Elk Grove boy and Sacramento girl were arrested early Sunday, and the third suspect turned himself in to authorities later that day, according to an earlier news release by police.

Police responded about 7:30 p.m. Saturday to reports of shots fired near the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail by River City High School, where they found a teen girl with at least one gunshot wound and pronounced her dead at the scene, according to statements by the West Sacramento Police Department.

The coroner’s office had not positively identified the victim as of Monday morning, Yolo County Coroner Gina Moya said.

Police have said the shooting was possibly related to a marijuana transaction.

A vigil decorated with flowers and a red cross was visible on the trail by Monday afternoon. A bag of caramel Bugles and a bottle of mango juice was placed next to a framed photo of the smiling teen, wearing a baseball jersey. Candles placed in front of the photo spelled out “Sammy” in large letters.

West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon wrote Sunday in a statement and comments on Facebook that police initiated a manhunt for the final suspect and that he “turned himself in as the web of the manhunt tightened.” Cabaldon also praised the Police Department for bringing all three suspects quickly into custody.

In a statement Sunday, the Washington Unified School District said the incident was not believed to be connected to any of its schools, which include River City High, and that “it does not appear that any of the individuals involved in this incident were WUSD students.”

The statement by Washington Unified said “support staff will be available to speak to or counsel any students as needed.” The district will resume instruction Wednesday, with students returning from winter break.

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