CARMICHAEL, Calif. — One person was killed in a hit-and-run crash during a rampage of violence in Carmichael, Monday morning.
According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, it all started just after 9 a.m. when authorities were called out to a reported shooting. A private security officer in the area spotted a black pickup driving erratically near the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard and called it into police.
Investigators say the pickup struck and killed a pedestrian and continued driving erratically. A witness who saw the hit-and-run stopped to help, but investigators say the truck circled back and struck the witness before fleeing again.
The pickup then hit another car near Cypress Avenue and Garfield Avenue and pushed it for about 100 yards. Investigators say the suspect then got out of the pickup and started attacking the driver with a blunt object. A witness to this attack spoke with ABC10.
“I was driving eastbound on Cypress and the suspect was already out of the car beating a woman inside her car as I pulled up,” Mike Guido said.
Guido, who was in Sacramento from Fresno for work training, could not prepare himself for the chaos that was unfolding before him. He said as he drove up, several other drivers had stopped and were trying to intervene when the suspect pulled a gun.
“There were tons of people here. They were getting out of their cars coming to help until the firearm came out. And that’s when people started to flee,” he said.
Guido also decided to take off, but not before the suspect took a swing at his vehicle with the blunt object, puncturing the side door. It may have been the intervention from Guido and the others that gave the woman a window to run away when she was rescued by the security officer who had been following the incident as it unfolded.
According to investigators, the suspect, now armed with a gun, then approached a trailer home in the area. A person in the trailer saw the suspect coming and charged out to confront him. A fight began over the gun during which authorities say some shots were fired but no one was hit.
As the scuffle continued, a second person inside the trailer home who had their own gun came outside and shot the suspect at least once in the upper body, ending the rampage.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect’s gunshot injury did not appear to be life-threatening.
In all, investigators say there were four victims. The pedestrian who was run over by the pickup is the only person confirmed to have died. The three other victims, including the person who fought with the suspect, were all taken to the hospital in unknown conditions, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators have not identified any of the people involved in today’s incident and they are not sure of the possible motive.
This story will be updated as more information is released.