WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A innocent bystander was shot in the face as he left a West Sacramento on Thursday night, hit by a stray bullet from a rolling gunfight between two other vehicles, according to police.
According to West Sacramento police and witnesses, two vehicles were involved in a gun battle for nearly a mile at speeds up to 70-75 mph when the man was leaving Trinity Presbyterian Church at Westacre Road and Park Boulevard and was hit by the gunfire while inside his minivan. The passenger side window was shattered by the bullet and the man was struck in the jaw.
“I heard three distinct shots,” one man said.
Both vehicles were seen speeding off. One of the vehicles was described as a lowered Chevrolet SUV or truck with sports rims and the other a gray minivan.
“Very unusual event in West Sacramento,” an officer said. “We just don’t have those types of events.”
One woman described the wild scene. “The first car, the caravan, went around the corner. The other stopped, ‘Did you see where that car went?'” she said a man asked her. “It was actually traumatic.”
The name and condition of the victim weren’t immediately available, but witnesses say he was awake when taken to the hospital.