Teen Shoots Father, Turns Himself In, Police Say

An 18-year-old was arrested Tuesday in the shooting death of a 40-year-old man at the Montebello Apartments on South Watt Avenue.

An 18-year-old Rosemont man was arrested after allegedly killing his father, then calling authorities to report the crime Tuesday morning.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies received a call at about 10:40 a.m. from the Monte Bello Apartments at 4001 South Watt Ave., according to Sacramento Sheriff's Department Spokesman Jason Ramos. The caller said he had shot his father, according to police.

When officers arrived at the scene, they say a young man approached the squad car, identified himself as the shooter and surrendered. Inside the upstairs apartment, police found a 40-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his upper body; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect, idenitified as Daniel David Cartwright, was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail at the Sacramento County main jail. His father has been identified as Richard Allen Cartwright, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office. 

It appears the shooting took place "several hours before the suspect called the Sheriff's Department," according to a news release. 

"The reason for this delay, as well as the motive for this crime, remains unknown at this time," the release stated. 

Ramos said a handgun believed to be used was found inside the apartment.

Daniel Cartwright, who is originally from Bullhead City, Ariz., and is an Oakland Raiders fan according to his Facebook page, celebrated his 18th birthday just four days prior to the incident. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon. 

No fighting or argument preceeded the event, Ramos said, and no one reported hearing a gunshot. Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. 

Shortly after law enforcement arrived, yellow crime scene tape was placed around the courtyard area, and many residents were unable to return to their homes. Several neighbors, who didn't want to be identified, said a family of men lived in the apartment, and had lived there six months at the most. 

Darla Rose November 07, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Daniel Cartwright and Richard Cartwright lived in the Monte Bello apartments for SEVERAL YEARS. I was their neighbor for SEVEN YEARS. I knew them both well and I knew Daniel was troubled and into bad things but I never would have thought he would take this bad of a turn in life... How could anyone ever do this? Rick did NOT deserve this to happen to him!!
Darla Rose November 07, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Nancy November 09, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Darla---PLEASE contact the police...call sac sheriff's homicide div @ (916) 874-5115. and let them know how to get to Daniel's various F'book pages. Try to speak to Officer Wallace. As someone who worked closely with Rick I've talked to this officer a couple times. I told him that Daniel had AT LEAST 2 F'book pages, and most likely more. He said they had only uncovered one...So I've got to send him the info on the 2nd one that I know about tomorrow...they REALLY NEED that info! If you don't want to contact him directly, you can reach me at Rick's work: 916-933-1000 Please HELP !! They need that info!! RICK SHOULDN"T BE DEAD--he was a GOOD man and father!..we knew about their troubles but I don't think anyone thought it would end up like this...!!! Nancy
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diana dean December 12, 2012 at 04:09 AM
i know rick and his son when they were here in bullhead city and laughlin nv. rick worked the bingo bar here.. he was a good and great dad. rick wanted only good things for his son.. and at that time his son loved his dad deepy.. i'm very sorry to hear of such a sad ending for rick and his son.. what ever happened to daniels real mom? God Bless the Cartwright Family.. from diana dean a co worker at riverside casino laughlin nv.. some of us that know rick and his son still work here..


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