Homicide near a local High School


October 1, 2003, 02:49 PM
This just happened yesturday in my neck of the woods..:cuss:

Tragedy near McClatchy
Boy, 15, is shot to death during fight
By Elizabeth Hume and Lesli A. Maxwell -- Bee Staff Writers
Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Wednesday, October 1, 2003

A 15-year-old boy was shot to death Tuesday after an argument near C.K. McClatchy High School as dozens of horrified students, who had just finished classes, watched in disbelief.
Witnesses said the boy, identified as Roberto Treadway, was standing near a Freeport Boulevard sandwich shop, just a block from the school, when he began arguing with another teenage boy who was exchanging insults with the girlfriend of Treadway's best friend.

"We were just hanging out, and all of a sudden they were yelling at each other," said Jesseca Montanez, 14, her eyes tearing up. "Then (another boy) started yelling to stick up for the girl, and he got socked in the face."

After that blow, Montanez said, "everyone crowded around" the two boys and "suddenly, I heard 'bang,' and Robert hit the floor. He was dead.

"I don't know where the gun came from."

A school resource officer ran to Treadway and initiated CPR. Firefighters arrived and took him to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The high school junior, whom friends called "Cheeks," would have turned 16 on Friday.

The shooter was described as a 17-or 18-year-old Asian American, 5-feet-5, about 200 pounds, wearing a beige or gray-striped short-sleeve shirt and tan pants or jeans.

He fled in a light green, four-door Toyota Camry, license plate number 3EPS783, said Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Justin Risley. At least one other male was inside the car.

That same car had been pulled over a week ago, and the occupants had been identified as gang members, Risley said.

"We have information that the victim may have been involved in a gang," Risley said, although he would not elaborate. "We know he's suspended from school and shouldn't even have been there in the first place."

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday night.

While the cause of the argument doesn't appear to be gang-related, school and police officials are concerned about retaliation. They plan to beef up security at all campuses.

Tuesday's killing is the city's 34th homicide this year, and the ninth death that is gang-related, police said.

"I can't let these people think they can come over to a school and do this type of activity," said interim Police Chief Albert Najera as he stood near the shooting scene.

"We are going to have a lot of people out here tonight and for the rest of the week working gang enforcement," he said. "Most of the gangsters that we deal with are very well known to us. We are going to be going out and turning over all the rocks."

Richard Owen, the associate superintendent for high schools with the Sacramento City Unified School District, said that every month principals meet with police to discuss gang-related issues.

Within an hour of the shooting, officials had arranged to increase security at the district's schools, which included hiring private security officers to patrol school grounds.

"What we can do is to continue to be aggressive," Owen said. "But when you have a communitywide problem, the entire community is going to have to rise up to the challenge."

McClatchy Principal Daisy Lee said the extra security would not mean students and their belongings would have to be searched as they come into school.

"I don't want to do that," she said. "This is a safe campus, and we have had a very good track record for prevention."

McClatchy already has a full-time school resource officer who is part of the Sacramento police force.

Dozens of students congregated outside the police crime-scene tape, trying to absorb what had happened.

In the middle of Fifth Avenue, a blue backpack lay unclaimed.

The few witnesses who hadn't already been whisked away by police stood inside the crime-scene perimeter -- some in shock, others in tears.

One girl sobbed in the arms of her friends, saying over and over, "He got shot in the head, he got shot in the head."

Montanez, a freshman, said many kids congregate at that corner when school lets out.

"It's usually just cool to hang out here," she said. "This was a stupid fight that got out of hand."

Some students, like José Rodriguez, 16, who said he also saw the shooting, insisted it wasn't gang-related.

"It was about the homie's girl," Rodriguez said. "My homie was defending his girl, and it got crazy. Then there were shots, and then my homie was flat on the ground."

Other McClatchy students were reluctant to go to the corner, gathering instead on the campus lawn, about a block away.

"This is just so sad for our school," said 15-year-old sophomore Shandrah Lopez. "Everyone's so young. To die before you even finish high school is not right."

About 10 p.m. Tuesday, Treadway's friends stood in front of the Round Table Pizza, watching the cleanup of the crime scene, where they would later place candles and flowers.

"He use to make us laugh all the time," said his friend Angelina Hernandez. "Its not going to be the same without him."The death adds to the toll of teenagers that the McClatchy High community has had to mourn in recent months.

Two days before the school year started, seniors Kevin Keane and Travis Whitaker, both 17, were killed in a vehicle accident Aug. 31 in Redding on their way home from a Mount Shasta outing.

A month earlier, on Aug. 1, senior Samuel Veu, 16, died after jumping off the 59th Street overpass. His family later reported that he had died after experimenting that Friday night with hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The school has also been rocked by the deaths of two parents who were gunned down at a south Sacramento jewelry store in July. Hue Nguyen, 55, and his wife, Loi Thi Ngo, 51, had six children, three of whom attended McClatchy.

Also in July, a 2002 McClatchy graduate, Army Pfc. Nate Luigi, was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Principal Lee said grief counselors would be at the school through the week to talk with students about the shooting.

"This is hard on our school. We have been through so much," she said. "Our students have shown tremendous strength and maturity through all this tragedy, and I think they will come through again."


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October 1, 2003, 03:26 PM
A 15-year-old boy was shot to death Tuesday after an argument near C.K. McClatchy High School
was standing near a Freeport Boulevard sandwich shop,
Did not occur on the HS property.

This is a gang-related killing that doesn't have anything to do with guns and schools, IMO.

Mike Irwin
October 1, 2003, 03:37 PM
Appears that a high school kid got shot, but it wasn't a school shooting.

October 1, 2003, 03:39 PM
MOD thanks for restating to "Homicide near a local HS." :)

October 1, 2003, 04:13 PM
No blame on you, 45

I'm sure the anti-liberty crowd will be calling this a "school shooting"

(even though no schools were shot)

October 1, 2003, 04:15 PM
I hope they catch him soon. This guy is running loose in Sacramento.

Greg L
October 1, 2003, 04:38 PM
Sounds like a retaliation is described in this thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=42694

Standing Wolf
October 1, 2003, 08:40 PM
"I don't know where the gun came from."

It was no doubt carried and fired by a criminal—but of course, somebody's going to sue the firearm's manufacturer.

October 1, 2003, 09:36 PM
Anymore updates?

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