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Man shot in head at Citrus Heights shopping center; suspect in custody

A shooting occurred at the Citrus Town Center in Citrus Heights on April 16. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
A Friday-night shooting at the Citrus Town Center on Greenback Lane left one man with a wound to his head and one suspect arrested

Police Sgt. Janet Schaefer told The Sentinel multiple 911 calls came in at about 9:40 p.m. on April 16, with responding officers finding one adult male with a non life-threatening head wound. He was transported by ambulance and is expected to recover.

Police issued a radio broadcast with a description of the suspect and vehicle, subsequently leading to Folsom Police spotting a man matching the suspect description at Main Avenue and Madison Avenue about 20 minutes after the radio alert went out, according to Schaefer.

Citrus Heights police responded to the location and arrested Miguel Angel Garcia-Rocio, 38, of Citrus Heights, on an attempted murder charge. The suspect was transported to the Sacramento County jail.

Online inmate records show Garcia-Rocio is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a loaded firearm, and having a concealed firearm. He is ineligible for bail.

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A witness who did not want to be identified said an altercation took place in the outdoor patio area of La Fiesta Taqueria. The witness said the man went to a vehicle and parked it parallel to the patio.

The man then exited the vehicle and fired a shot at another adult male who had been dining in the same area, with the bullet grazing his head. The man then drove off, according to witnesses.

Police confirmed Garcia-Rocio had been drinking, but there was no information on what triggered the incident.

A news release about the incident sent out by the department on Saturday said the shooting “appears to be an isolated incident,” with no ongoing threat to the public believed to be involved.

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