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Suspect arrested in fatal Sacramento bar shooting

Sacramento Shooting

John Edmonds turns away from bloodstains on the wooden sidewalk at the scene of a New Year's Eve shooting in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting at a bar in the Old Sacramento area that killed two people. Police say it started as an argument inside the bar and escalated. When an employee tried to break it up, he was shot, as were a woman and another man. (AP Photo/Sacramento Bee, Randy Pench) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT

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SACRAMENTO — A suspect is under arrest in connection with a New Year’s Eve shooting at a bar in the Old Sacramento area that killed two people, police said Tuesday.

The 22-year-old man was among three people wounded Monday evening after a shooting that occurred as people gathered to watch fireworks to celebrate the new year, authorities said.

Police identified the suspect as Carlito Montoya, who was in custody at a hospital where he was being treated for gunshot wounds.

Montoya’s injuries and those to a security guard and a 30-year-old woman are not life-threatening.

Police say it started as an argument inside the bar just after 9:30 p.m. Monday that became a physical confrontation. When an employee tried to break up the fight, he was shot, as were the woman and another man.

That man, 35, and the employee, who was in his 20s, died at the scene after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say an armed guard near a side door at the bar heard the gunshots and got into a gunfight with the suspect and both were wounded.

The armed suspect ran out of the bar toward a street crowded with holiday revelers but was caught quickly by officers chasing him, police said.

Afterward, police canceled the midnight fireworks show that was expected to draw as many as 40,000 people.

The pyrotechnics were instead detonated just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, startling residents of neighborhoods along the Sacramento River, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Mike Testa, senior vice president of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, told the newspaper the fireworks were armed with live charges and needed to be detonated for safety reasons.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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  • pornacJanuary 02, 2013 - 7:58 am

    Wish I was there with my MAC10 to spray this guy. That would have fixed it right there.

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  • RichJanuary 02, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    Pornac, that doesn't sound right or legal. The cops read these posts and they may seek a subpoena to find you and your weapon.

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