Sacramento County sheriff's authorities say the man fatally shot while reportedly walking his dog in Orangevale early this morning likely knew his assailant and that the shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence - nor does it appear, they said, that he was actually walking a dog.
Detectives also have determined that the story the surviving victim told investigators - that he and his friend were walking a dog when they were assaulted about 4 a.m. on Central Avenue - was a lie, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.
The victim, in his 30s, has not yet been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.
Deputies responded to the 9000 block of Central Avenue after callers reported being awakened by gunshots. They found the two victims, one of whom had been fatally shot. The other suffered a graze wound to his ear, Bowman said.
Detectives interviewed the surviving victim as well the other residents of the Central Avenue home where the deceased victim lived. Bowman said this afternoon that it appears the deceased victim likely knew his assailant or at least had some previous association with the suspect.
No suspect description has been released.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or leave a tip at www.sacsheriff.com.
This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.