SANGER, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Police are investigating a homicide after a teen was shot and killed in Sanger early Sunday morning, according to Sanger police officials.
Around 1:00 a.m., officers say they heard gunshots coming from the southeast direction of Sanger. Officers also say multiple callers told dispatch they had heard gunshots coming from the 1300 block of I Street.
According to officials, police quickly responded to the area and located 17-year-old Kings River High School student, Maria Guadalupe Garcia, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Authorities say police and medical personnel attempted lifesaving efforts on Garcia, but she died on scene due to her injuries.
Investigators say they are working to find evidence and locate any witnesses who may have been in the area when the shooting occurred. According to police, officers are also working to determine whether or not the shooting was gang-related.
The Sanger Unified School District has released a statement following the shooting:
“We were very saddened to hear about the passing of one of our Kings River High School students. Words alone can’t even begin to express the heartache the entire Sanger Unified family has for the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Our team is prepared to do all that it can to support the family in their greatest time of need. Sanger is one family, and the loss of any of our students impacts us all. Our team will be providing grief counseling to those who seek it.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sanger Police Department at (559) 875-8521.
Correction: Police originally reported the victim was a student at Sanger High School which was written in an earlier version of this article. This is incorrect. This story has now been updated with the correct school Garcia attended.