Tags: Girl | shooting | Sacramento | 10 year old

10-year-old Girl Killed after Gunmen Shoot into Calif Home

Monday, 20 May 2013 08:13 AM


Authorities were searching for at least two gunmen who walked up to the door of a Northern California home and opened fire, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring her parents.

"Whoever these gunmen were, they were directly outside the front door," Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said Sunday. "This was not a drive-by. These gunmen approached the house and shot inside."

Sacramento County sheriff's officials suspected that a family member had gang ties.

"You have to be hard pressed to think a 10-year-old girl was the intended target," Ramos said.

At least a dozen shots were fired from two guns at the house on Saturday night, killing Elvira Campos and injuring her parents, Ramos said. The names of the parents - both of whom were in their 40s and were expected to survive - were not released.

The girl's 14-year-old brother was playing video games in a back room and was not hurt.

Detectives were canvassing the neighborhood for possible witnesses and forensic units were gathering evidence at the home Sunday, where a cluster of bullet holes marked a front window and more holes were found in the front door and a window frame.

The family had lived in the home in an area about 11 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento for less than a year, Ramos said. There were no records of sheriff's officials being sent there previously, he said.

"I can't even imagine what would bring people to do that," neighbor James Corbett told The Associated Press. Corbett, who lives about three houses down from where the girl was shot, described the neighborhood as quiet, with a "bunch of young families."

On Sunday morning, about a half dozen grieving relatives arrived at the home, The Sacramento Bee reported.

"We have no idea what happened - she was a very happy little girl," Tony Reys, the uncle of the girl, told the newspaper.

Sheriff's officials were also investigating a separate shooting Sunday morning that took place not far from the home. The victim of that shooting - a 32-year-old man who survived - was "definitely a gang member" and detectives were looking at the possibility the shootings were related, Ramos said.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ted Nugent: Bryant Gumbel Tells 'Lies' About NRA

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 18:07 PM

Musician Ted Nugent thinks television host Bryant Gumbel doesn't understand guns and should have done his research befor . . .

Huckabee Shocked by Use of Profanity in Workplace

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 17:00 PM

Mike Huckabee left his job hosting his own show on Fox News Channel earlier this month, and says one of the biggest cult . . .

Breitbart Report: Texas Islamic Tribunal Dispenses Shariah Law

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 16:35 PM

An Islamic Tribunal of four attorneys is operating in Dallas where it issues voluntary rulings on civil disputes, accord . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved