By Derek Shore

RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – An employee of the Cordova Recreation and Park District was found dead inside his bullet-riddled SUV early Monday morning apparently on his way to work.

The victim was Parks Superintendent Steve Ebert, according to Doug Critchfield, CRPD interim district administrator.

“Steve was a compassionate father and a grandfather,” Critchfield said. “He absouletely did not deserve this to happen to him.”

A park employee was headed to work at around 6 a.m. Monday when he drove past the SUV with its engine running and lights on near Hagan Community Park at Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova.

The employee found Ebert slumped back in his seat. Ebert’s foot was on the brake and the vehicle was still in gear. The employee also noticed there were multiple bullet holes in the driver’s side of the vehicle.

“We’re all shocked and this a great tragedy for the Rancho Cordova community as well as Sacramento county and the region,” Critchfield said.

Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Ramos said Ebert had been shot numerous times in his head and upper body.

No suspects have been arrested.

The district recently laid off 18 employees, and Critchfield was asked if anyone had threatened Ebers.

“Again I don’t want to comment about things that may have been said,” he said. “That’s part of the ongoing investigation.”

While Critchfield would not comment any further on the possibility of a retaliation killing, he did say that for security purposes the district offices were closed Monday and will be again Tuesday. After that the administration building will be guarded, he said.

“I can’t imagine the reasons behind someone doing something like this to him,” Critchfield said. “He’s one of the kindest inidividuals I knew.”

Comments (32)
  1. Jennifer Menning Gochenouer says:

    whats really sad is schools in the area are’t even on lockdown. This park is adjacent to a High school and middle school with an elementary school on the other side and the didnt lock down any of them. This person is still on the loose and very dangerous, I’m having a hard time understanding why they are’t trying to protect our kids

    1. Fred says:

      ” when emergency crews arrived, they found the man’s body had been shot numerous times in his head and upper body.” So, how exactly did he do that to himself?

    2. Angela says:

      Ellen, so before committing suicide, he got out and shot up his car? Riiiiight…… Can you read English?

    3. Cindy says:

      Mulitple shots on the drivers side and and he was shot in the head and upperbody. This doesn’t sould like suicide to me. Couldn’t do that much by hisself.

    4. Chicago says:

      are u kidding…Its not about you or your kids! They obviously targeted this man. Watch your own kids if you are that worried!

  2. E says:

    If you are concerned, keep your kids home today. Did you? Or did you send them to school and then get online to complain?? I’m sure the latter.

  3. Place your bets says:

    Disgruntled employee or nasty divorce

    1. Sue says:

      Yep. I would say the first one.

  4. Sally says:

    Ellen Fred and sue you do not know any facts your are all speculating get a clue all of you

    1. Sue says:

      Ok Sally – I suppose you know all about it. haha

    2. Fred says:

      Sally, I’m simply responding to what the article said. If you are suggesting that there is no factual basis for the article, the why is it even here? Please try to at least read the material before you critique the comments of others. You can read, can’t you?

  5. Drew says:

    Typical for that area more than likely a robbery gone wrong. I use to live down by that park when I was homeless and a lot of unsavory characters come in and out of the park. Thanks to its location next to the river and the meth dealing apartments near moraine circle. The school wasn’t on lock down because it happened way before school even began.

  6. sassafras says:

    That was over kill. The first shot must have killed him instantly for his foot to be on the brake and the car still in gear geez, not safe any where in Sacramento.

  7. Teri says:

    Hey Ellen get it straight his car was shot up from the outside, it would be hard to shoot up your car while your inside getting shot.

  8. You are all idiots says:

    You’re all IDIOTS.

    A man was just murdered and you all make light of it???
    Good thing it was not your Father or Brother, would hate to
    read how you would make light of that…..

    You all should be ashamed of yourselves…..

    I guess your Mothers & Fathers did not know how to raise children…. Hope they don’t have anymore…. And, hope all of you are sterile…..
    God help us if you all Breed…..

    1. Fred says:

      That seems to be a rather broad brush statement. I don’t see any comments making light of the situation. Perhaps you should switch to decaf.

    2. Zeke says:

      What an immature thing to say. Hope you can’t have kids either, DOH!!!

  9. Leonthelump says:

    THis is very sad. Thugs hang out in parks and they took a valuable life and their useless lives continue, for a while at least.

  10. Christina Chaparro says:

    no this is not normal for this area! i own a home a block away from this park. and my kids were in school today totaly safe and not on lock down. and leon is right i bet it was punks with nothing better to do then cause problems! i feel for the family,

  11. WhatTheFFF? says:

    Just for you, oh so quick to criticize one…..

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/riddled

    Are you “Amazed” that you are WRONG???

  12. WhatTheFFF? says:

    Who needs comics when so many of you provide so much humor? So many of you think you know so much and are so quick to criticize. Hilarious. Thank you all.

    1. Amazed says:

      You apparently picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue. Back away from the key board.

  13. Cmorno says:

    What a tragedy. Why are there so many heartless killings going on? People are not safe anywhere. Condolences to his family and co-workers.

    1. Zeke says:

      Most accidents happen at home, be careful. Good luck.

  14. WhatTheFFF? says:

    When you are the only one “insulted”, who is the moron??

  15. Marshall dillon says:

    They must of stopped the little yellow bus at the library this morning to let some of you post because you people are nuttier than squirrel s–t

  16. stan atkinson says:

    Where is this Rancho Cambodia they are talking about in this video?

  17. Inthebusiness says:

    From the look of the surroundings and the way this man was murdered, it most likely was someone from a Cartel. I do not mean to worry anyone, but check it out for yourself. Parks like that one all across the country have been being used by them to grow their plants for quite some time in plain sight. Even worse, Drug Enforcement Agents and local Police know about the parks being used.

  18. Tessa says:

    I NEW THE GUY THAT KILLED HIM. MR. BARBER WAS A SWEET MAN. I JUST CANT BELIEVE HE WOULD DO SUCH A THING. WHEN THE CHP WENT TO THE APT OFFICE WERE HE WAS LIVING AND SHOW A PICTURE OF BARER. I NEW RIGHT AWAY WHO HE WAS. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MESS WITH THE WRONG PERSON AND THERE JOB. ITS SAD. BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO. YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POST OFFICE BUT NOT AT PARKS. THIS WILL OPEN ALL THE BOSSES EYES IN EVERY JOB. DONT MESS WITH THE WRONG PERSON AND IF YOUR GOING TO LET THEM GO, DO IT IN A NICE WAY.

  19. Randy says:

    I new mr. barber personally. he is one of the nicest man i have ever met in my life. if you read the lawsuit he filed again the man he allegedly shot, you’d kind of understand why he snap. mr. barber has been through a lot the past couple of years and losing his job must have sent him over the top. read his lawsuit here: http://media.trb.com/media/acrobat/2012-01/144827780-24173826.pdf

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