Shooting in El Dorado Hills Leaves one Dead outside 36 Handles at Midnight
Sadly the headlines became reality early in the morning hours of the first week of 2015. I would think it safe to say that this will also be the first murder of the year in El Dorado Hills and El Dorado county. Little at this time is known about the victim, a young lady who was at the Pub with her girl friend. The victim is apparently new to the area but that’s about all we know right now. The two ladies left around midnight, walked out the front door and into the parking lot. They were then approached by the shooter, identified as 41-year-old Oakland resident Anderson Swift. He demanded keys and money. The ladies turned and ran back towards the Pub and Swift fired hitting one of the ladies. She was DOA while her friend was not injured, she was presumably very shaken.
UPDATE 01/08/2015 Khrista Ibarolle has been identified as the victim of the 36 Handles shooting on Wednesday morning. We send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to her family and friends. So sad that the evening she and her friend set out for ended in tragedy. They were out celebrating their birthdays.
Ultimately Swift ended up with the keys and the car and fled the scene. Only to get away for a moment off up Silva Valley Parkway. Then total wreck the car near a home just north of Darwin Way, prompting neighbors to call police. He was then captured and arrested. Swift was then taken into custody without incident and was moved to Marshal Hospital for injuries he suffered in the crash. He is in custody, he does have some injuries, nothing life threatening and Police recovered a firearm from the vehicle.
Those are all the facts to this point. Now all the speculation will happen. But first lets talk about some things that could have happened different in this situation. Not guaranteed, but possible different outcomes.
- Be aware at all times of your surroundings. Especially women. You should be escorted out if it’s late and never leave alone. Leave in groups when possible.
- If you have no other safety or precautions that worked to prevent this kind of thing from happening then give up your keys, money, purse, whatever. It’s not worth injury or your life!
- Clubs, Bars, Restaurants. It has apparently come to be the time that you provide security for your guests. One of the local clubs in El Dorado Hills has since it opened provided such a system. While Reunion Nightclub is not a Restaurant it has served food on many occasions. The point is that all guests are escorted or at least viewed getting into their cars and leaving. This type of security is not new to Reunion or it’s owners. They come from the Bay Area and own clubs in Sacramento, Pizza Rock, Dive Bar and District 30 and another property in Las Vegas. Not to mention the clubs all over the Bay area they own. The point is they get the big picture and understand the reality of what can happen. They provide a safe experience from the time you arrive till the time you leave. Other clubs in the area such as Folsom’s PowerHouse Pub located in Historic Folsom provides such security as well.
I’m not knocking anyone who doesn’t have security for their place. I’m sure it just never seemed needed. After all it’s supposed to be safe out here, right? Well not anymore. I’m sure these type of things will be discussed in many places now. Maybe even some kind of regulation to have on site security at all times. Have you noticed that the Safeway located in El Dorado Hills has such a system? You will see a security officer walking and driving around up there at all times. Day and night.
Now just a thought or two for the conspiracy theorists. What was this guy doing out here in the first place? Does he live in the area now and not Oakland? Was he out here on a mission of some kind? Just randomly car jacking in EDH via Oakland doesn’t play out with me at all. So maybe there is a bigger picture here that will reveal itself? We shall see I guess. So for now be safe out there and I hope to see you soon.
Lastly we send our prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of the victim of this senseless crime.