Monday Mar 19 2012
Shoppers react to Roseville shooting
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
Shoppers say they feel relatively safe after an illegal drug deal that turned deadly at a busy retail center in Roseville over the weekend. The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot at Creekside Town Center in the 1200 block of Galleria Boulevard, according to Roseville police. Police are continuing to investigate the incident but have determined that five men, all acquainted in some way, met in the parking lot close to several restaurants and a Shell gas station. Police said the men gathered inside a gray van to conduct an illegal methamphetamine sale, and police believe four of the men had intentions of robbing the drug dealer. A struggle ensued inside the van around 8:13 p.m. and three of the five men were shot, police said. On Monday, police released the name of Floyd Raymond Allen III, 42, of Sacramento, who suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the chest. Allen’s brother, Harold Lee Allen, 41, of Sacramento, suffered gunshot wounds to the leg, but was still able to drive his older brother to the hospital. According to Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department, the two brothers left the scene in the van before police arrived and drove to Mercy San Juan Hospital in Sacramento County, where the older Allen was pronounced dead on arrival. Harold Lee Allen was treated and released to the custody of the Roseville Police Department, charged with murder, conspiracy and violation of parole. A 55-year-old Rio Linda man, who got out of the van and collapsed in the parking lot, suffered major injuries from gunshot wounds to his legs, police said. He remains in a local hospital in critical condition and his name is not being released because he has not yet been arrested or charged. The 55-year-old man was accompanied in the parking lot by Hector Jimenez Perez, 46, of Sacramento, who was not injured during the shooting and was immediately detained by police, charged with murder and conspiracy. Francisco J. Cabrera-Silva, 29, of Roseville, is believed to be the fifth man involved in the incident and police said he fled the scene in his own vehicle before police arrived. Roseville police arrested Cabrera-Silva Sunday morning after a traffic stop on Elefa Street in Roseville and charged him with murder and illegal entry into the United States. His photo has not been released due to the ongoing investigation, Gunther said. Gunther said it is anticipated that all the surviving suspects will be charged with homicide, either as suspected shooters or under the felony murder rule (causing someone’s death during the commission of a felony) and other related charges. “Violent crimes like this are extremely rare in Roseville,” said Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn, in a statement. “It’s important for people to know that this wasn’t a random event, but a planned criminal transaction among people who knew each other.” Gunther said the incident occurred on a busy Saturday night, also St. Patrick’s Day, in a popular area where several people were having dinner at one of the center’s many restaurants. No people other than the three suspects were injured during the incident, which Gunther said is the first homicide in Roseville this year. Kathy Sohrakoff, of Wheatland, comes to Roseville with her husband David to dine at P.F. Chang’s restaurant at Creekside Town Center often, and said she still feels safe in Roseville. The couple described the shooting as “tragic.” “It was a shock when we heard about it,” Kathy Sohrakoff said. “I think in these days and times, crimes are spreading into different areas. We just have to be cautious, but we do feel safe.” Suzy Barnes, of Yuba City, said she has noticed an increase in private security around the shopping center since the shooting. “I used to feel safe in Roseville,” Barnes said. “But since the whole mall thing, and now this, it’s troubling. It’s everywhere now, I guess.” A spokesperson for Creekside Town Center would not comment on whether the shopping center has increased private security patrols in the center since the shooting. On Monday, however, a private security guard was seen patrolling the area on foot. Kelly Wheeler recently moved to Roseville from the Seattle area to be closer to her parents and said she feels pretty secure here, despite the shooting. “It seems pretty safe,” she said. “I’m from a small town though, so it’s a little bit relative to me.” Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.