California student dies in pellet gun shooting off campus, university president says

A Sacramento State student died from a pellet gun shooting at an off-campus gathering early Friday, university president Robert Nelsen said in an email to students and faculty.

The student, Will Molina, was a graduate of Folsom High School and was set to graduate from Sacramento State in May, Nelsen said. Molina was a business major and a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

The Sacramento Police Department responded to a call just after 3 a.m. Friday at Lycoming Court in the College/Glen neighborhood after receiving a call from the Sacramento Fire Department about a medical aid call, a Sacramento Police Department press release said.

Officers arrived on the scene and found that Molina had been shot with a pellet gun, the press release said. Fire personnel transported Molina to the hospital, where he died despite life-saving efforts, police said.

Lycoming Court is about two miles from the Sacramento State campus. Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators were called in to investigate, the press release said. The investigators believe the incident was isolated and that there is no threat to the community, according to the release.

Nelson said in his email that grief counseling services will be available to those who need support and that the university is working on “arrangements to honor his memory.”

Witnesses are encouraged to call the dispatch center at (916) 808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-4357, Sacramento police said. Anonymous tips may be submitted using the free “P3 Tips” app, the press release said.