Sacto 9-1-1
December 14, 2010
Shootout at Sacramento barbershop leaves 1 dead, 6 wounded

Scene of fatal shooting in strip mall at Stockton Boulevard and Lindale Drive this afternoon. The body of the victim is covered on the ground by the SUV at the center. Photo by Paul Kitagaki Jr.

By Kim Minugh

Two men entered a south Sacramento barbershop this afternoon and opened fire on two men getting haircuts, who apparently returned fire, leaving a 30-year-old woman dead, a man with life-threatening injuries and five others wounded, investigators said.

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The woman who was fatally shot in the parking lot as she was putting her toddler into a sport utility vehicle apparently was an innocent bystander, said Sgt. Tim Curran, Sacramento Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Firefighters and deputies were caring for the toddler this afternoon as they searched for family members to take custody of the child.

The shooting that started in the Fly Cuts and Styles barbershop in the 6900 block of Stockton Boulevard, spilled into the parking lot early this afternoon, Curran said.

Detectives believe that among the wounded are the two men who started the shooting and the two targets who fired back. Another victim was a barber, Curran said.

Detectives have determined that shortly after 1 p.m., two men came into the barbershop and opened fire, hitting two men who were getting haircuts. The two targets returned fire.

There was an exchange of gunfire inside and outside in the parking lot, Curran said.

Detectives believe that the woman who was killed was hit by stray gunfire and was not a target, Curran said. She had just left a one-hour photo shop that is two doors down from the barbershop.

Curran said it "definitely was not a robbery."

Detectives were still trying at 3 p.m. to sort out which of the gunshot victims were the initial shooters and who were the targets.

At least two dozen people were inside a back room of the barbershop at the time of the shooting, including some who were playing cards or dominoes, Curran said.

Curran noted that there could have been more victims, given how busy the area is.

"This is crazy," Curran said. "This time of the day with holiday shopping going on the number of victims we have could have risen quickly."

Witnesses reported a white sedan leaving the scene, however it is unclear who left in that vehicle.

Detectives are unsure if any words exchanged before the firing began, Curran said.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

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