Organization working to end gun violence denounces Grant Union High shooting

SACRAMENTO – A community organization is working to end gun violence in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights neighborhood.

Pastor Penani Poloai
Pastor Penani Poloai

A shooting in the parking lot of Grant Union High School in Del Paso Heights on Friday left one person dead. CBS13 spoke to the organization about what they are doing to prevent this from happening again.

High school football games are meant to be a safe place for the community to come together. But last night, the parking lot of Grant Union High was the scene of an altercation involving 20 people that ultimately led to a shooting that killed one person.

Pastor Penani Poloai is one of the leaders of Brother-to-Brother, a faith-based organization offering mentorship to at-risk youth. Their goal is to protect middle and high school students from violence and gang influence.

filming at Grant Union High

As the father of an 18-year-old pastor, Pastor Poloai says he has seen too many parents bury their children because of gang violence. He says it’s his mission to help prevent this, and right now their work is more important than ever, he says.

“I did this because I didn’t want to bury my son. It’s the truth. That’s why I dug deep into the community because I wanted to make sure the message got through. It’s not not right for parents to bury their children,” he said.

Police say the incident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Friday evening. Grant was hosting Monterey Trail High School for the Metro League Championship Game. A firearm was found at the scene.

Police said the victim, who was not a student, was in her twenties. He died in hospital.

As the investigation is still in its early stages, no suspicious information has been disclosed. The identity of the victim will be revealed after notification to relatives.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this investigation to contact the Dispatch Center at (916) 808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers can remain anonymous.