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2nd victim dies in Sacramento barbershop gun battle [Updated]

December 15, 2010 | 11:10 am
A woman's body is covered by a tarp as police investigate a bloody shootout at a strip mall. Police say it started just before 1 p.m. in a barber shop and spilled into a parking lot.

A second person has died in the wake of a shootout at a Sacramento strip mall, authorities announced Wednesday morning.

A total of seven people were shot in the Tuesday afternoon incident, including a mother fatally wounded while putting her toddler into a car seat.

Authorities said the rolling gun battle started inside a barbershop.

At least two armed men walked into Fly Cuts and Styles and opened fire just before 1 p.m., authorities said. At least one of the customers pulled a weapon and returned fire, sparking a gunfight that lasted two to three minutes, according to a witness interviewed by local TV stations.

Investigators said they don't yet know the motive for the shooting, which began in the barbershop and spilled into the parking lot of the strip mall on Stockton Boulevard in south Sacramento. The gunfire continued as at least one of the suspects climbed into a white sedan to flee. That's when police believe the mother was hit. Her child was not injured.

Officials have not released the dead woman's name or the names of the injured. No arrests have been made. [Updated at 11:30 a.m.: The Sacramento County coroner's office identified the second person who died as 20-year-old Marvion Barksdale. A sentence in a previous version of this post was deleted because it said the victim had not been identified.]

-- Shan Li

Photo: A woman's body is covered by a tarp as police investigate a bloody shootout at a strip mall. Police say it started just before 1 p.m. in a barbershop and spilled into a parking lot. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times / Dec. 14, 2010

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