Deputies shot and wounded a bystander after they mistook his cellphone for a gun Friday during what authorities described as a chaotic scene with a gunman firing dozens of gunshots into a neighbor’s Rancho Cordova home.
The confusion began when neighbors reported hearing dozens of gunshots being fired on Negrara Way, said Sgt. Jason Ramos of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
When deputies arrived, they heard the gunshots coming from between two homes. Deputies saw several rounds strike the lawn of a home. Another home was riddled with gunshots, killing a dog inside.
As deputies worked to established a perimeter, the gunman, identified as Ben Ledford, walked out of his home, threw down his assault rifle, dropped to the ground and surrendered to authorities, he said.
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