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Police seek suspect in random shootings

By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the individual involved in several apparently random shootings that occurred in Rocklin and Loomis over the weekend. Rocklin resident Al Aceves, whose Key Court home was shot up during one of the incidents, called the shooters cowards. "This is a heinous act and it shouldn't be happening," Aceves said. "They are cowards. They have no value towards life." The Rocklin Police Department is seeking help in identifying the person or persons responsible for four shooting incidents early on Friday and Saturday mornings. Around 2 a.m. on Friday, Rocklin Police received reports of gunshots in the area of Sunset Boulevard and Fairway Drive. A few minutes later, police responded to the report of a shooting at Stanford Ranch Road and Park Drive. Officers found a vehicle with a single bullet hole near the front of the car on the driver’s side. Neither the passenger nor the driver was injured, reported Lt. Lon Milka. According to the victims, the suspect vehicle was described as a newer-looking black or dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria. “We have no idea how many people were in the (suspect's) car,” Milka said. The victim did not observe a gun, but heard the bullet hit his vehicle as the Crown Victoria drove by in the opposite direction, Lt. Milka added. At approximately 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, officers responded to Aceves' call for help after seven shots were fired into his residence off Stanford Ranch Road and Park Drive. Aceves' wife and adult daughter were in the family room when one of the bullets came through the kitchen wall. Aceves said he was asleep upstairs when another bullet came through the bedroom window and lodged in an antique radio -- just inches away from his leg. Other bullets lodged in a dresser and mirror in the bedroom. "The gunshots woke me up and then I heard my wife scream and I ran down stairs and called police," Aceves said. Several shell casings, the same caliber as in the previous night’s shootings, were found in the roadway behind Aceves' house. About 45 minutes earlier, Dena Erwin, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, said two bullets were fired into the Shell gas station and convenience store on Taylor Road in Loomis. She indicated one bullet went through the glass front door and the other went into the wall. The shooting was not reported until 4:30 a.m. when an employee arrived at the business and found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the front door. Erwin said shells and video surveillance footage was recovered from the Loomis business. The footage indicates the shooting occurred at 1:05 a.m., Erwin said. “We do believe it was the same person doing all these (shootings),” Lt. Milka said. Aceves and his family have found it difficult to relax since the shooting. "My wife won't sleep in that room," Aceves said. "You feel a sense of violation. You've been victimized. How do you protect yourself against this?" Aceves hopes someone will come forward with information about the suspect. To be eligible for the reward, anonymous tips can be submitted to Placer County Crimestoppers at (800) 923-8191. Information can also be provided to the Rocklin Police Department at (916) 625-5400 or anonymously “text message” your tip to TIP411 (847411) and type the word Rocklin followed by your message. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the Rocklin Police Department’s website at www.rocklinpd.com or via the Rocklin PD iPhone app. ~ Loomis News Editor Joyia Emard and Placer Herald Correspondent Jon Brines contributed to this report.