An 86-year-old woman was killed and a 61-year-old woman was hurt in an “extremely violent” random attack Wednesday morning on the track at Highlands High School, deputies said.
The suspect is at large.
Neighbors say the two women lived a few doors down from each other, and would go for an early morning walk almost every day together.
“It’s just super upsetting. Just super upsetting for no reason, she’s taking a walk. She’s my mom’s age,” said one neighbor. “What did you get from it? What did you get from taking somebody’s life? I mean she’s gone.”
A witness called 911 just after 6 a.m. to report that someone was attacking two women at the track on Don Julio Boulevard.
The man used only his hands and feet to attack the women, and no weapon was seen, Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Tony Turnbull said.
The attacker jumped the fence and ran from the scene toward Walerga Road.
He is described as a man in his 30s, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing between 150 and 160 pounds with short, curly hair. He was clean shaven and was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a burgundy sweatshirt, according to Turnbull.
The woman in her 80s was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other woman in her 60s was taken to a hospital with injuries, Turnbull said.
“Every day they come to walk. Every day they come to walk, but you know, things happen and we don’t know when,” the daughter of the surviving victim told KCRA 3. “They used to come and walk every day for years.”
Detectives believe it was a random attack and do not have a motive.
Students and staff at Highlands High School and Creative Connections Arts Academy are in class as usual, and deputies are at both campuses during the investigation.
Anyone with information relating to the attack is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at 874-5115.
Stay with KCRA for updates.
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