On Sunday morning around 2 A.M., a Sacramento Police officer and two private security officers tried to break up a fight between two groups in the parking lot of Capitol Casino on 16th Street.
Sacramento Police say the two groups started walking off in separate directions when a man started shooting. The police officer fired his gun at the man who then started shooting at the officer. The officer hid behind a car for protection and the man took off before police could arrest him.
A man, now identified by family and friends as 36-year-old Nicholas Broadway, was struck in that shootout. Broadway was transported to the hospital in critical condition, where he would later die from those injuries.
Family and friends describe Broadway as a man with a great sense of humor and an intense amount of charisma. He worked at the state Capitol as a supervisor in the Governor's mail room and was a Sacramento native, a graduate of Kennedy High School. Broadway leaves behind a 15-year-old son, Nisaiah.
"He was a great brother, a great man, and most importantly a great father to his son," said Nichelle Broadway, his sister."
Friends have come together to start a GoFundMe for Nisaiah's college fund.
The officer involved has been put on paid administration leave, which is department policy in an officer-involved shooting. Preliminary assessment suggests that Broadway was not hit by gunfire from the officer. Nobody else was injured.
Sacramento Police are still looking for the man who started the shooting. Any witnesses with information should contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.