A manhunt continues for a shooter who left a teenager critically injured in the Foothill Farms area on Tuesday.
Detectives have interviewed several witnesses to the crime, but the questioning hasn’t led to any arrests, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said.
Two people were temporarily held, but they weren’t considered suspects.
Earlier Tuesday evening, deputies said they likely had the shooting suspect in custody — but that turned out not to be the case.
Officials spent some time tracking reports of someone jumping fences in that community, and said that’s likely one of the the people they’re still after.
The students who were held at Foothill High School after the gunfire rang out were allowed to leave campus if they were picked up by a parent or guardian, the Twin Rivers Unified School District said earlier this evening.
Authorities with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Twin Rivers Police Department lifted the lockdown only for those students who could arrange for a parent or guardian to physically show up and take them home.
Officials at the school called all the parents whose children were affected, said Zenobia Gerald, a district spokesperson.
Foothill High School was first locked down about 5:30 p.m., after police received several reports of gunfire in the 5000 block of Andrea Boulevard, which is about a half mile from the school, officials said.
Preliminary reports indicated six to eight shots rang out near the Fountain Grove apartments. People reported seeing a male victim down in front of the complex.
Only a small number of people remained on the high school campus at that time, Gerald said. No major athletic events or community groups were meeting at the school.
Still, sheriff’s officials suspended all softball games and soccer practices in the area.
All athletes and parents were taken to a safe and secure location on the Foothill High School campus, Gerald said. Officers cleared the athletic fields about 6:30 p.m.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has been the lead agency on the shooting investigation.
Department spokeswoman Lisa Bowman confirmed the shooting victim is age 18 or younger. He is listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
Witness reports suggested a black, four-door sedan drove by the apartment complex, with the shooter firing multiple times out a vehicle window.
Deputies got set up in at least two locations, trying to piece together Tuesday’s order of events.
A perimeter was set this evening, but deputies started breaking it down around 8 p.m. The search continues.
The car in question reportedly has black alley lights and a black push bumper.