SACRAMENTO—A Sacramento teenager was killed by gunfire early Sunday morning, February 8 in South Sacramento, and a man with a history of violence and substance abuse was arrested in North Sacramento.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, the shooting was reported at approximately 2:19 a.m. near Wainscott Way, just south of Florin Road. But when officers arrived at the scene they were unable to find a victim or even evidence that somebody had been shot,
However they learned that a young man had been taken to a hospital to be treated for the wound, and was pronounced dead soon after reaching the hospital.
Detectives canvassed the area and believe the victim was targeted and knew his attacker. No arrests have yet been made in the case and homicide detectives are reaching out to witnesses.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information about this incident to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Later on Sunday, at 4:35 in the afternoon, Sacramento Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on the 5100 block of Andrea Blvd. in north Sacramento, near the Elkhorn Plaza Shopping Center. 23-year-old Sacramento area transient Tafilele Po Maha was arrested for trespassing after he had been ordered to leave, and assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury. This incident was likely related to a domestic violence incident that occurred in April of 2014 at the same location.
But this weekend started for Maha with an arrest on Friday, just two days earlier at that home, for being drunk in public. In between those two incidents, he was arrested on Saturday night at 11:45 in downtown Sacramento, at J Street and 29th, also for public intoxication.
Prior to this weekend, while living at an address in Rio Linda, he was arrested four times in December and January for public intoxication. And on Sunday, November 30 at 4:45 in the afternoon, he was arrested by Highway Patrol officers near the corner of Watt Avenue and A Street, in North Highlands near the McClellan Air Base. He was charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.
The domestic violence incident occurred when Maha, who is listed as 5’9″ and 200 pounds, was charged with assault with deadly force, related to a violation of a domestic violence court order, and a charge of abuse, which were recorded at the same Andrea Blvd. location on April 23 of last year. No records of the incident resulting in the court order were available.
His latest arrest should qualify as a third strike offense as a violent criminal, and may result in more extended jail or prison time if convicted.
CrimeVoice staff contributed to this report