Sacramento Walmart Evacuated After Flare Gun Was Shot

At a south Sacramento Walmart shoppers were evacuated out of the store after the loss prevention officer was shot with a flare gun. Luckily the shooter was placed in custody by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The shooter is said to be only a minor, the age of the minor has not yet been released. Though this shooter was detained it unfortunately didn’t happen soon enough. The Walmart loss prevention officer was shot directly in the face with a flare gun by the minor. The Walmart employee is said to be injured but is doing ok according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.


The suspect now in custody could face some serious charges. It is said the minor could be charged with assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery.  Depending on the age of the minor he or she could also be tried as an adult resulting in heavier sentencing. It was said it all started after the loss prevention officer was questioned the suspect for shoplifting. The loss prevention officer was then at this point shot in the face with the flare gun while taking the suspect to his office. It is understood that the minor brought the flare gun with him while shoplifting. The loss prevention officer now wounded was able to gain back control of the situation. The smoke from the flare gun set off the fire alarms and the fire department came and evacuated the building. The injured and now bleeding loss prevention officer was able to keep the suspect in custody until the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene. Luckily no one else was injured in the struggle with the minor. The Sheriff’s Department states that there are possibly two other suspects involved with the shooter during the shoplifting. Those suspects are currently being searched for and are not yet in custody. Witnesses are being asked to come forward with any information.


With recent events that have taken place in sad San Bernadino, California mass shootings the evacuation created quite a stir. The stores were filled with holiday shoppers close by watching as people were evacuating the store. Walmart shoppers who were evacuating heard the words gunshot and headed in the other direction in fear of being shot. It was also said that some children were of some witness to the terrible incident. Shoppers left without groceries that day but took home that scary what if it was worse feeling. It’s a sad reality that many people are fearing to go out in public. Though this shooting was not related to the mass shooting in San Bernadino it still places fear in people. The minor could have killed the Walmart employee and all for what a few stolen items. Thankfully this event didn’t end up with anyone being killed. Clearly this minor is in need of some serious guidance. What is our world coming to? Does this minor even realize the upset he or she has created?

Sacramento School Official Arrested for Sexual Assault

Joshua Vasquez, a 31-year-old program leader for the City of Sacramento’s after school program, START, allegedly sexually assaulted a minor in his care. Vasquez was arrested on November 20th, and was being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail under charges of “oral copulation with a victim less than 10 years of age.”

The incident of sexual assault allegedly occurred at Sacramento’s Mark Twain Elementary School while Vasquez was working with START and part-time with the Sacramento City Unified School District. Because the victim is a minor, a name will not be released.

Sacramento Police Department released a statement saying that they believe there’s a possibility of more victims related to Vasquez during his time with the school programs, and their Sex Assaults and Child Abuse Unit is continuing to investigate the allegations. They urge any victims or citizens with information regarding the investigation to come forward, and call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 264-5471.

After Vasquez was released from Sacramento County Main Jail, he was released from the Sacramento City Unified School District, place on administrative leave by the City of Sacramento, and has since resigned from his city position.

Mark Twain Elementary School and the school district released this letter to parents and the public upon Vasquez’s arrest after the sexual assault charges:

Dear Mark Twain Families:

Today, Sacramento Police Department investigators informed school administrators that a part-time Mark Twain employee is under investigation for alleged child sexual assault. This employee also works for our city-operated after school program. Upon receiving this information, the employee was immediately released from service by the district and will not be back on campus. We are cooperating fully with police investigators and providing as much information as we have available to help them with their case.

I want you to know that we take these allegations extremely seriously and that the safety and security of our students continues to be a top priority at Mark Twain. I will continue to keep our school community updated with as much information as possible while still protecting the privacy of all involved and the integrity of the police investigation. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.”

Vasquez was not immediately arrested in the investigation, so information regarding his identity was only recently released. The Sacramento Police Department confirmed that they “do not believe that he poses an immediate risk to the public,” in a recent news release. “Due to the sensitive nature of the allegations,” the department also announced, more information regarding the case, the alleged victim, and Vasquez will not be released.

Although the sexual abuse allegations were taken with the utmost seriousness, parents are fearful of past incidences of sexual assault that may have occurred at other times throughout the duration of Vasquez’s employment with the City of Sacramento and the school district. The allegations also raise national concern about the hiring and screening process of school and city employees, and the ability of childcare providers to be alone with children without others noticing.