A man was fatally shot early this morning after two men forced their way into a Carmichael apartment, authorities said.
The 54-year-old victim was shot in the upper torso and died at an area hospital. The Sacramento County Coroner's office has not yet identified the victim, pending notification of his family.
Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded to an apartment complex on the 5700 block of Manzanita Avenue about 12:15 a.m. after receiving reports of gunfire. They found the victim and a witness inside an apartment unit where the victim lived, said sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.
The witness, who is a friend of the victim, told deputies that two men knocked on the door, forced their way inside and pushed him to the floor. He was held there by one suspect as the other found the victim in another room.
The witness said he heard a gunshot, and then the suspects fled in what was described as a small, dark-colored sedan that was driven quickly from the apartment complex.
The witness chased the suspects then returned to the apartment and found that the victim had been shot.
The victim was rushed to the hospital and died shortly thereafter.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.