Gun murders silence two more in Sacramento

Victims are mostly young men of color

Two more young men joined Sacramento County's growing roll of gun homicide victims this past week, bringing the total to 64, according to an SN&R analysis of available data.

The victims were both 25-year-old males, according to law enforcement reports, though the county coroner hadn't released the identity of one of them as of print deadline.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies located that victim on the floor of his Carmichael apartment a little after 11 p.m. Saturday. According to the sheriff's department, witnesses reported hearing sounds of a scuffle before a gunshot. A sheriff's release says two males were seen running from the scene, while an unidentified vehicle was heard fleeing the complex a short time later.

Two nights earlier, police officers in the city of Sacramento found a victim who had suffered what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds in the Old North Sacramento neighborhood. Isaiah Rodarte was pronounced dead at the scene. Like most of the county's victims of gun homicide, the African-American Rodarte was a young man of color.

In both cases, investigators have yet to identify a motive or suspects. Information on either shooting can be submitted through Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357), or by texting 274637. For the police shooting, enter “SACTIP” followed by the tip information. For the sheriff's homicide, enter “SSD” first.