A man was shot dead in a truck next to Caymus Park in south Sacramento, Aug. 14, 2013.
SACRAMENTO, CA - A man is dead after a shooting right next to a park playground in south Sacramento Wednesday morning.
He was identified by authorities on Thursday as 42-year-old Colen Lugo of Sacramento.
The shooting took place just before noon near Caymus Park on Vintage Park Drive off of Elk Grove Florin Road.
"At first I thought that can't be real, not in the middle of the day. It sounded like firecrackers more than anything," said Tyler Doll, who was working on a rooftop and saw what happened.
"I heard a gunshot, turned around and looked, and there's two guys running off with handguns," he said. "One of them had a bag with something in it, probably marijuana because it was all over the ground."
Sacramento County sheirff's investigators confirmed there was marijuana found on the ground, but could not officially say it was a drug deal gone bad.
"It'll definitely be one of the angles we look at, but it's too early to say for sure," said Sgt. Jason Ramos.
"Obviously something happened during the interaction that escalated very quickly," Ramos added.
Ramos said the victim, later identified as 42-year-old Lugo Colen of Sacramento, was shot at least once in his upper body. He was found slumped over the driver's seat of a moving truck.
Witnesses said there was a car speeding away, but detectives were not sure yet if it was connected.
"It's very, very nerve-wracking," said Trisha Crown, who lives next to the park. "Broad daylight. In the middle of the day with kids starting school."
That concern drew crowds on the perimeter of the crime scene.
"And we're just out here wondering about the safety for the next school year," said Rolanda Davis. "What are we going to do about it at this point?"
"A lot of these people that live here have nothing to do with it," said Doll. "The kids at the playground have nothing to do with it. This kind of stuff, you shouldn't bring it into the neighborhood."
Homicide detectives were asking anyone with information to call (916) 874-5115. As of Wednesday evening, they had not identified any suspects.