Two suspects arrested in south Sacramento triple shooting that killed one person

The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department announced two suspects have been arrested in connection with a South Sacramento shooting that left one person dead and two others injured on September 8, 2023. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. in the 5300 block of Gordon Drive. Sheriff’s investigators believe the shooters thought the three victims were rival gang members.


On September 8, 2023, at approximately 10 PM, the Sheriff’s Communications Center received a 17-round ShotSpotter activation near a residence on the 5300 block of Gordon Drive in South Sacramento. Simultaneously, several callers reported that three people had been shot. Deputies arrived on scene a short time later and discovered three adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. All three victims were immediately transported to the hospital for their injuries. One of the victims, later identified as 21-year-old Isaiah Valencia-Vasquez, died at the hospital; the other two victims were expected to survive.

Homicide detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene, interviewed witnesses, and gathered evidence. Through the investigation, detectives learned that the three victims were just moving into their new home. Detectives determined the suspects, later identified as 20-year-old Luis CAMARILLO (pictured first) and 24-year-old Fernando ZAMBRANO (pictured last), were both known gang associates. The investigation showed that CAMARILLO and ZAMBRANO likely mistook the three victims as rival gang members and then shot them.

Detectives believe none of the victims had any gang ties, nor did they do anything to provoke the shooting.

Homicide Detectives obtained arrest warrants for CAMARILLO and ZAMBRANO. Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau located and arrested both suspects on September 14, 2023, without incident. Homicide detectives and detectives from the Gang Suppression Unit searched the apartment where CAMARILLO and ZAMBRANO were arrested and discovered five handguns. One was a fully automatic handgun, believed to have been the weapon used in the murder. Both were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for PC 187-Murder and are currently ineligible for bail.

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