Reporting Anjali Hemphill
CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) – A Citrus Heights man was brutally attacked on his porch with his family just a few feet away inside their home.
The victim later died at a nearby hospital. This was the second homicide in the city in 12 hours.
Police were at the scene of the crime for over 12 hours, and aren’t saying much about what happened. What is known is that someone hit the victim on his porch with an unknown object while his family was inside the home.
“It’s a total shock,” neighbor Linda Smich said.
Detectives combed through evidence outside the home in the 6300 block of Stonehand Avenue where they say a man was violently attacked standing in his own doorway.
“Everybody of course is talking about it,” Smich said.
Police say someone in the home called them early Saturday morning, saying their family member had been hit with an unknown object and was unconscious.
A man in his 50s was found by police lying on the front porch. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.
“Our detectives are following up on some leads right now, and I don’t want to jeopardize anything they have going on with their investigation,” said Sgt. Eric Mattke, Citrus Heights Police Department.
Meanwhile, neighbors are stunned over who would do something like this on such a quiet street. They describe the victim as a kind neighbor who didn’t have any enemies.
“They’ve gotten my dog before when he’s gotten out, and they are really nice. The guy, who lives there, is real nice,” said Smich.
In an unrelated incident Friday night, another man was murdered at a nearby McDonald’s parking lot on Lichen Drive.
Many residents are worried about the escalating crime.
“All this gun violence is getting really sad,” said another neighbor.
Police have no suspects, but do say the believe neither the McDonald’s shooting nor the officer-involved shooting earlier this week is related to this homicide.