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Shooting at fairgrounds confirmed as gang related

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Detectives from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department have been working around the clock to solve a drive-by shooting that occurred just after midnight Sunday at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville.

Monday morning, sheriff’s officials told to the Press Tribune that the flash of violence does indeed appear to have been driven by gang affiliation.

The incident involved a large Quinceañera, or coming-of-age celebration for a 15-year-old girl, that was being held at the fairgrounds Saturday evening. According sheriff’s spokesperson Dena Erwin, between 200 and 300 people were attending the event.

At some point, minutes after midnight, a car drove into the parking lot as a suspect began firing at the crowd with a handgun. A 17-year-old male victim was struck in the arm, as was an 18-year-old female victim.

Both were rushed to Sutter Roseville Hospital in stable condition.

Erwin said that sheriff’s deputies immediately responded to the scene.

“The scene was locked down and we’ve been working the case ever since,” she said. “The detectives believe it does appear to be gang related.”

~ Scott Thomas Anderson