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Teen Dies in Fruitridge Shooting

Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014    

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help in identifying the person who shot and killed an 18-year-old man at a party, according to recent reports. The incident took place near Fruitridge Road and Stockton Boulevard in the Lawrence Park neighborhood, where Cheaquis Jones was pronounced dead after being found about a block from the house where the shooting had been reported.

Police received a call just after midnight that two men had been shot at a home in the 5600 block of Sampson Boulevard. The first victim was located nearby and was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The police determined that the two men had attended the party together and that there was a confrontation at some point between the men and some other guests at the party. No one is sure exactly how many suspects there were. There is also no word on a motive for the shooting, although homicide detectives are looking into possible gang connections.

Most of the people at the party fled after hearing the shots, so police are having some difficulty identifying witnesses. In fact, the police did not even receive a call until about an hour after the shooting had taken place. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office has set up a hotline for tips as well as a website for visitors to leave information anonymously.

What Are My Legal Responsibilities In A Dangerous Situation?

When you are in a situation that could pose a danger to you or someone else, you are allowed to protect yourself by fleeing the area if possible. There is no legal requirement for you to render aid to someone if doing so would place you in harm’s way. However, you are legally obligated to report a crime if you witness one and if you can do so safely.

If that is the case, why do so many people fail to call the police when a crime happens? In many cases, it is out of fear. There can be several factors involved in fear of calling the police, including prior bad experiences and mistrust between witnesses and police officers; fear of being arrested on an unrelated charge for which there is an outstanding warrant; or fear of reprisals by gang members or others involved in a crime.

If you have been accused of a crime or arrested due to your involvement in a criminal situation, please contact the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento. We can help you, even if you are afraid to talk to the police.

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