Photo: Camilo Saenz
Originally published as a Citrus Heights Police Department press release –
“In the days following the May 8, 2021 shooting near the 7400 block of Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights Police Detectives conducted an investigation to determine those responsible for the shooting.
During the investigation, they determined that there were actually two separate shootings which occurred the night of the incident. The first shooting occurred around 1:25 a.m. and moments later a second shooting occurred; likely in retaliation to the first incident. Both shootings were determined to be gang related and stemmed from an incident which occurred earlier in the evening.
Due to the hard work and dedication by the Detectives involved, they were able to quickly identify one of the shooters. On May 11, 2021, at approximately 7:00 pm, the Citrus Heights Police Department’s SWAT team conducted a search and arrest warrant for 39-year-old Camilo Saenz, a validated gang member, in connection to one of the above shootings. Saenz was located and arrested without incident.
The investigation into the other shooting suspect and additional involved parties is on-going as Detectives continue to pursue all leads. Detectives are encouraging anyone with additional information related to these shootings to come forward. We would like to thank our local businesses in the area, and the community for their support by providing additional information, and evidence of this tragic event.
“We won’t tolerate violence or gang activity in our city. We want to thank our community who we work with closely to prevent these types of crimes from occurring. Thank you to those witnesses and stakeholders who help us bring these violent criminals to justice.”- Ronald A. Lawrence, Citrus Heights Chief of Police “