High school rowing team appears to be target of gunfire during West Sacramento competition

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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A high school rowing competition on the Sacramento River erupted in gunfire last month, causing parents to fear for their children’s safety.A video of the incident appears to show a shooter targeting a team on the water.The Oakland Strokes rowing team was in West Sacramento for a regatta on April 20 when the shots rang out. The video shows splashes from at least one of the bullets in the water, feet away from the boat.No one was hurt, but parents say it was too close for comfort.”I was pretty shocked,” said Fred Ackerman. “It’s horrifying.”Ackerman’s 15-year-old son was among the nine boys on the boat. “No parent should give any thought to sending their child to a sporting event, to a concert, to an elementary school and think, ‘My child might get shot today,'” Ackerman said.The West Sacramento Police Department is investigating the shooting.See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

A high school rowing competition on the Sacramento River erupted in gunfire last month, causing parents to fear for their children’s safety.

A video of the incident appears to show a shooter targeting a team on the water.

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The Oakland Strokes rowing team was in West Sacramento for a regatta on April 20 when the shots rang out. The video shows splashes from at least one of the bullets in the water, feet away from the boat.

No one was hurt, but parents say it was too close for comfort.

“I was pretty shocked,” said Fred Ackerman. “It’s horrifying.”

Ackerman’s 15-year-old son was among the nine boys on the boat.

“No parent should give any thought to sending their child to a sporting event, to a concert, to an elementary school and think, ‘My child might get shot today,'” Ackerman said.

The West Sacramento Police Department is investigating the shooting.

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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