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Suspect arrested in fatal Sacramento strip mall shootout

December 16, 2010 | 12:15 pm

A man was arrested Thursday in connection with a shootout at a Sacramento strip mall that left two people dead and five injured.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lonnie Orlando Mitchell, 24, of Sacramento near the Grapevine on southbound Interstate 5, said Sharon Chow, a spokeswoman with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

After learning Mitchell was traveling, sheriff’s deputies and the California Highway Patrol arrested him in his car Thursday morning without incident, Chow said.

Homicide detectives suspect Mitchell is one of at least four gunmen involved in the Tuesday afternoon shooting that began in 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 customer inside had a weapon and returned fire, sparking a gunfight that lasted two to three minutes, according to a witness interviewed by local TV stations.

The fight spilled into the parking lot of the strip mall on Stockton Boulevard in south Sacramento, where authorities believe Monique Nelson, 30, died after being struck while putting her toddler into a car seat.

A second victim, 20-year-old Marvion Barksdale, died Wednesday.

Detectives were still investigating Thursday, Chow said.

Mitchell was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail in Santa Clarita on a parole violation and will be taken back to Sacramento County, where he will face charges in connection with the killings, according to a statement released by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.


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