RANCHO MURIETA—Police have arrested a 21-year-old Sacramento man responsible for an early morning shooting on Wednesday, November 26 at a bonfire gathering.
Julian Ikaika Sebalabarraza was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for felony assault with a deadly weapon and an outstanding felony warrant. At least one person was injured by the gunfire at the gathering that occurred on the outskirts of Rancho Murieta and Sloughhouse in Sacramento County. Detectives are reportedly not authorizing the release of his booking photo at this time due to the immediate need of the photograph for follow up investigation.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a shooting in the area of Meiss and Dillard Roads just after 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
When deputies arrived, they discovered an illegal bonfire on private property near the location, and several vehicles involved in a crashes. The driver of one vehicle had been shot in the arm. One passenger, a pregnant woman, was not injured in the accident.
Investigators determined that 10 to 20 people, ranging in ages from 17 years to 24 years, had gathered on the property without the owner’s permission. An argument erupted that resulted in one man being shot in the arm and another being pistol whipped by the shooter.
One of the women at the gathering, Micaela Pauls, told media they were about to leave the bonfire when they discovered their car tire had been slashed. Pauls heard multiple gunshots while she was attempting to change the tire.
As people started rushing to leave the area, one vehicle slammed into the open driver side door of Pauls’ vehicle. On Meiss Road, four cars ended up crashing into each other injuring at least seven people. In all eight people were injured, all with non-life-threatening injuries. One suspect — a Hispanic man in his early 20s, later identified as Sebalabarraza — was reportedly identified and arrested as being responsible for the shooting and physical assault.
Sebalabarraza had been arrested in May this year on a list of charges including carrying a loaded weapon while in a street gang, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license for DUI, giving false information to an officer and false impersonation, along with conspiracy.
Sheriff’s Deputies are reportedly seeking statement information from numerous witnesses who fled the scene prior to their arrival. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contact (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com.
Corrie Pelc contributed to this story