Sacto 9-1-1
October 30, 2010
Gunshot, not car crash, kills Sacramento man

By Matthew Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

A Sacramento man has died from a gunshot wound that medical personnel discovered after the man crashed his truck into several cars in a pool room parking lot late Friday night.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies responded to Hard Times Billiards at the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Garfield Avenue at 10:58 p.m. Friday after receiving calls that a white Chevrolet pickup truck had crashed into several cars in the parking lot, according to a sheriff's department release.

Deputies found a male driver alone in the pickup truck, and paramedics transported him to a local hospital, according to the release.

At 11:33 p.m., hospital personnel notified the sheriff's department that the driver had a gunshot wound to his upper body. The driver was pronounced dead a short time later, the release states.

He has been identified as Steven Carmassi, 35, of Sacramento.

Sheriff's department detectives believe the shooting occurred close to the pool hall, the release states. Carmassi's truck also struck traffic lights at the intersection of Auburn Boulevard and Garfield Avenue before hitting vehicles in the parking lot, according to the release.

Detectives do not know where Carmassi was coming from or trying to drive to after he was shot.

Investigators have not identified a suspect or a motive for the killing, and they urge anybody who has information of Carmassi's whereabouts Friday night to call Sheriff's Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

Call The Bee's Matthew Kawahara, (916) 321-1015.

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