LIVE VIDEO: News10 at 11:00pm    Watch
 

Citrus Heights police find man, woman shot to death in car

10:04 AM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Video: Citrus Heights police find man, woman shot to death in car

  • Citrus Heights crime scene on Birdcage Street where man and woman were found shot to death in a car Tuesday night.
  • Citrus Heights crime scene on Birdcage Street where man and woman were found shot to death in a car Tuesday night.
    

CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. - A man and woman were found shot to death inside a car on the 6000 block of Birdcage Street in Citrus Heights Tuesday night.

Officers responded at 11:30 p.m. and found the pair fatally wounded from gunfire inside the vehicle, said Sgt. David Moranz of the Citrus Heights Police Department.

Moranz said an investigation revealed a light-colored sedan, aHonda or Acura, was seen speeding away from the scene northbound on Birdcage Street toward Greenback Lane. Witnesses also reported seeing a newer white pickup truck drive away from the area.

One woman, who did not want to be identified, said she is worried someone might target her for what she saw and what she heard just as she and her boyfriend were on their way to their patio.

"Right when we were about to go outside, we heard a gunshot, and there was about a pause and then another gunshot, and my boyfriend turned to me and he was like, 'those are gunshots, get on the ground,'" the woman said.

The sounds were followed by about a dozen more shots after that. By the time she looked outside, the woman could see a man and a woman lying in the gutter next to their car.

"It seemed like she had been getting out of the passenger seat, and he may have walked around and was standing and then fell down first, and then she fell down on top of him," the woman said.

Another woman saw even more and also asked not to be identified. She said she watched as a car carrying four men drove up to the parked car. That's when two gunmen got out of the car and opened fire on the couple.

Francisco Quinteros said his aunt, identified on Thursday as 41-year-old Gladys Quinteros, and uncle were innocent victims of senseless violence.

"Now is like, it's a dream. It's like a nightmare," Quinteros said after leaving flowers and balloons to mark the site of the fatal shootings.

According to Moranz, the investigation is being treated as a homicide. Police have released few details about the investigation, but those who live here specifically asked officers at the scene if the shootings were gang-related.

"He said, 'more than likely, I can't really disclose anything, but this is more than likely a wrong time, wrong place situation, and it most likely is gang-related, so we definitely tell everyone if you see anything, let us know,'" the first woman said, describing her conversation with police.

"According to the police department, it might be a misunderstanding 'cause they were hanging out right here after work they were wearing blue," Quinteros said.

Investigators encouraged anyone with information on the incident to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916 727-5500 or Sacramento Crime Alert who offers rewards up to $1,000 to volunteer information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime. Callers can also call Sacramento Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or 1(800) AA - CRIME or text information to 274637 (CRIMES) SACTIP.

News10/KXTV

Most Watched Videos