Residents, advocates and victims’ families fed up with Sacramento shootings

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Recent shootings in Sacramento have sparked concern among communities across the city, with local activists and families of victims once again calling for change.Sacramento police said two men were shot near Marysville Boulevard and Grand Avenue in Del Paso Heights around 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Both men are expected to survive. Officials added that four vehicles were also hit by gunfire.The shooting happened near Rainbow Market. Rosa Uribe sells flowers in a tent right across the street from the convenience store and said she heard the gunfire and got caught up in the chaos.“People running and screaming… We were like throwing stuff into the bin and everything. We were scared,” Uribe said. “This area is not safe. We don’t feel safe.”Uribe said she fears for the lives of her two children. If things do not change, she said she has decided to leave the area.“I’m planning to move. This is happening more often every time,” Uribe said.Community members said gun violence is a problem all across Sacramento.On Sunday, May 5, Sacramento police said an 18-year-old was shot and killed on Buchman Street near the Natomas area. Through a spokesperson, the family identified the teen as Grant Union High School student Jeremiah Walker.On the Saturday before Mother’s Day, local mothers who have lost children to gun violence gathered to pay tribute to their loved ones and to also push for change.Paula Anderson’s 3-year-old daughter Azalya was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2018, but Anderson said it still feels like it just happened.“There should be no other mothers that have to go through or endure the pain that we go through and what we wake up to every day,” Anderson said. “We need to come together as a community.”That is how Anita Razo feels as well. Razo lost her son Giovanni Pizano, known by many as DJ Gio, to gun violence in 2022 when he was shot outside his home. She said all the mothers at Saturday’s event have decided to become advocates for change.“We’re joining forces to try and combat the gun violence that’s overtaking Sacramento,” Razo said.Berry Accius, a community advocate and founder of the local organization Voice of the Youth, organized the event. He said the most important thing for community members to do is to keep the discussion around violence prevention ongoing.“If we stop talking about this thing, this epidemic of gun violence, we’re not going to get the type of change that we’re looking for,” Accius said. “We have younger and younger young people that are becoming victims of gun violence, and I just think that this has to be a conversation that we don’t stop. This has to be a fight that we continue to fight.”KCRA 3 reached out to Sacramento police to ask about any suspect descriptions and the circumstances leading up to Friday night’s shooting in Del Paso Heights. They said there were no updates as of Saturday night, but the investigation is ongoing.

Recent shootings in Sacramento have sparked concern among communities across the city, with local activists and families of victims once again calling for change.

Sacramento police said two men were shot near Marysville Boulevard and Grand Avenue in Del Paso Heights around 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Both men are expected to survive. Officials added that four vehicles were also hit by gunfire.

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The shooting happened near Rainbow Market. Rosa Uribe sells flowers in a tent right across the street from the convenience store and said she heard the gunfire and got caught up in the chaos.

“People [were] running and screaming… We were like throwing stuff into the bin and everything. We were scared,” Uribe said. “This area is not safe. We don’t feel safe.”

Uribe said she fears for the lives of her two children. If things do not change, she said she has decided to leave the area.

“I’m planning to move. This is happening more often every time,” Uribe said.

Community members said gun violence is a problem all across Sacramento.

On Sunday, May 5, Sacramento police said an 18-year-old was shot and killed on Buchman Street near the Natomas area. Through a spokesperson, the family identified the teen as Grant Union High School student Jeremiah Walker.

On the Saturday before Mother’s Day, local mothers who have lost children to gun violence gathered to pay tribute to their loved ones and to also push for change.

Paula Anderson’s 3-year-old daughter Azalya was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2018, but Anderson said it still feels like it just happened.

“There should be no other mothers that have to go through or endure the pain that we go through and what we wake up to every day,” Anderson said. “We need to come together as a community.”

That is how Anita Razo feels as well. Razo lost her son Giovanni Pizano, known by many as DJ Gio, to gun violence in 2022 when he was shot outside his home. She said all the mothers at Saturday’s event have decided to become advocates for change.

“We’re joining forces to try and combat the gun violence that’s overtaking Sacramento,” Razo said.

Berry Accius, a community advocate and founder of the local organization Voice of the Youth, organized the event. He said the most important thing for community members to do is to keep the discussion around violence prevention ongoing.

“If we stop talking about this thing, this epidemic of gun violence, we’re not going to get the type of change that we’re looking for,” Accius said. “We have younger and younger young people that are becoming victims of gun violence, and I just think that this has to be a conversation that we don’t stop. This has to be a fight that we continue to fight.”

KCRA 3 reached out to Sacramento police to ask about any suspect descriptions and the circumstances leading up to Friday night’s shooting in Del Paso Heights. They said there were no updates as of Saturday night, but the investigation is ongoing.

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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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