Sacto 9-1-1
July 30, 2011
Man, 19, shot and killed in north Sacramento

By Ben Schenkel

A male teenager was shot and killed in the wee hours of Saturday morning on North Avenue, the Sacramento Police Department said in a news statement.

The 19-year-old victim's name has not been released yet.

Officers responded around 2:30 a.m. to the 900 block of North Avenue after gunshots were fired. One of the officers was directed to a vehicle containing the young gunshot victim, the release said.

Members of the victim's family were driving the teen to a hospital, but they chose to pull over and call for emergency responders when they saw the police present, said spokeswoman Laura Peck, in a phone interview this afternoon.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, after the Fire Department's arrival.

Homicide detectives still are investigating the incident and are looking for two male suspects. They said it may stem from a gang-related argument, with slurs reportedly traded between two groups.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357 or text in a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Call The Bee's Ben Schenkel, (916) 321-1006.

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