By Renée Santos

NORTH HIGHLANDS (CBS13) – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what led to a man getting shot and killed in North Highlands Tuesday.

His body was found inside a car in the FoodMaxx parking lot near Watt Ave. and Antelope Rd.

The mid-morning shooting caught many people at the North Highlands shopping center off guard. One woman told CBS13 she took cover in her SUV not knowing where the shots were coming from.

“Still in my car so swoosh yeah I was ducking. I was ducking when I heard those shots, I was ducking,” she said.

The violence took another part of the neighborhood by surprise too.

“I ducked down when we heard the shots, it was pretty close,” said Allan Harder.

Harder also heard gunshots around the same time right around the corner from the shopping center.

“I heard six shots, I was out back, came out [and] saw one car turning around,” he said.

Detectives were also working a scene outside his home but said at this time they can’t confirm it’s related to the shooting.

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For shoppers caught in the middle of the violence, they worry about their safety.

“I grew up in this neighborhood, you know, and I remember being a kid you could leave your windows open and your doors unlocked,” one woman said.

The sheriff’s office is still trying to figure out a motive and who the suspect or suspects are. They have not shared any additional information about the man found shot dead.

Comments (2)
  1. Nick says:

    The shooting occurred about half a mile west near 30th and U Street. The victim and suspect traveled east on U street to where the victim was found. The suspect chased the victim in a midsize grey SUV, believed to be a Mitsubishi, and was last seen fleeing south on Watt Ave.

    1. eva.g says:

      Do you know if the parking space near Carl’s Jr. in the video, is that where the victim parked after being shot multiple times?

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