Sacto 9-1-1
August 8, 2011
9 calls involving guns kept Sacramento police busy over weekend

Sacramento police responded to nine calls involving guns over the weekend, and recovered a gun during a tenth, according to police reports.

One person was injured by gunfire, and multiple people were arrested, the reports state.

Here's a recap of the incidents, beginning Friday morning and ending Sunday night, as relayed in police reports:

- At 10:17 a.m. Friday, police received a call of a person squatting at a home on the 3200 block of Belden Street. Officers searched the squatter's property, and found a cap gun that had been converted to fire .22 caliber rounds. They arrested 59-year-old James Hurst on suspicion of a felony weapons possession charge.

- At 7:13 p.m. Friday, police responded to the 2600 block of Hawthorne Street after getting a call about someone firing a gun into the air from a backyard. Officers found a gun and arrested 34-year-old David Carrillo on suspicion of unlawfully discharging a firearm. Police spokeswoman Officer Laura Peck said 26-year-old Alejandro Vasquez also was arrested, accused of obstructing a peace officer.

- At 8:55 p.m. Friday, callers advised police of an assault in progress near Equinox Way and Rosto Court and reported hearing a gunshot. Officers found a man unconscious in the street. They learned that two victims were in the street, playing basketball, when they "exchanged words" with three suspects riding by on bikes. The three suspects left, then returned with baseball bats and struck the victims in the upper body and head. The suspects then took the car belonging to one of the victims, though police found it abandoned a few blocks away. Both victims were treated for head injuries at a hospital. After investigating the incident, police arrested 24-year-old Joseph Cortez, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy. Peck, the police spokeswoman, said nobody was hit by the reported gunfire and it was unclear whether any gunshots were actually fired during the incident.

- At 10:45 p.m. Friday, officers were in the area of 23rd Avenue and Mascot Avenue at the same time dispatch received a call of someone getting shot. Officers then saw a white Ford Expedition leaving the area at a high rate of speed. The officers attempted to pull the car over, but the driver did not yield, leading officers on a short pursuit before the suspect fled on foot. Officers saw the suspect holding a gun as he ran, and the gun later was located in a nearby yard. An extensive K9 search did not turn up the suspect. Meanwhile, the shooting victim eventually was dropped off at an area hospital with a wound to the leg. The 41-year-old man was uncooperative with police. Officers searched the home of the Expedition's registered owner and found ammunition and magazines.

- At 11:48 p.m. Friday, police received calls that a man in his 30s was brandishing a small black handgun in the 1200 block of 21st Street. Officers found the man with drugs and a gun in his possession. They arrested 32-year-old Shawn Martin.

- At 2:35 p.m. Saturday, a witness reported seeing a man walk up to a parked vehicle on the 5300 block of Dunlay Drive, bang on the windows and then fire a handgun into the glass before walking away. The witness then saw another man walk up to the car, get inside and drive away. Peck said it appears the car was empty when the shots were fired through the window.

- At 5:39 p.m. Saturday, police were summoned to the area of Northgate Boulevard and Highway 160 regarding an argument between a man and a woman. Officers learned the woman had left, but then returned with two male adults, who attacked the first man. One of them pulled out a gun and hit the suspect with it, causing the gun to discharge. Nobody was hit. The suspects fled in a turquoise Mercury Cougar. The suspects were described as: A 40-year-old black man, 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a gray beard and a red jersey and armed with a gun; and a black or Hispanic man in his 30s, 6 feet 1 inch tall, light-skinned and wearing a gray jersey with black stripes on the side.

- At 9:56 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the 7600 block of Beth Street after receiving reports that a suspect struck a woman several times while she was holding a baby. The suspect also brandished a gun. The suspect, 24-year-old Leroy Scoggins, was arrested on suspicion of making threats to commit crime resulting in great bodily injury, child endangerment, committing a felony with a gun and battery.

- At 1:59 p.m. Sunday, police responded to reports of juveniles shooting a gun near South Avenue and Ripley Street. Officers located three juvenile boys - 17, 17 and 15 years old - and arrested them. It appears they had been playing with the gun, rather than shooting at a particular person, Peck said.

- At 5:33 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to the 300 block of Bowman Avenue after callers reported seeing armed subjects threatening people. Officers in a police helicopter saw four subjects matching the description get into a silver Chrysler Sebring and flee southbound. Officers on the ground attempted to stop the car, when one passenger jumped out and fled on foot. An officer caught that passenger and arrested him. The car's driver kept fleeing, even as two more passengers jumped out of the car. Eventually, the driver yielded and was taken into custody. By the end of the incident, two guns had been located and four suspects arrested: A 23-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and two 17-year-old boys.

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