Sacramento mother Alicia Bledsoe says her son is a hero.
Ramon Alejandro Williams — “Bo” to everyone on the Grant Union High School campus — persuaded an armed 14-year-old to drop a gun Tuesday after being accused of shoot another student in the school parking lot, Williams’ mother said.
Sacramento police and fire medics arrived just after 9:50 a.m. to report an emergency, alerted by the activation of ShotSpotter. The 17-year-old shooting victim was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening wound to his arm as the suspect fled the campus, police said.
Williams, who declined to comment through her mother, worked as a security guard at the Del Paso Heights campus and followed the suspect with police on South Avenue. Bledsoe said the student ran toward a house near South Avenue and hid behind it.
“Bo said, ‘You don’t want to die. Throw the gun away,” Bledsoe said.
That’s when the teen surrendered, according to the mother.
Sacramento Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Carlos Martinez said the incident appeared to be “targeted” and there was no threat to the community. The suspect was arrested in the 3800 block of Balsam Street, a few blocks from campus, said Officer Cody Tapley, another Police Department spokesman.
“It is difficult to imagine that an alleged conflict between two students escalated to the point where we are today,” Zenobia Gerald, spokesperson for the Twin Rivers Unified School District, wrote in a statement.
Williams, a former student of Grant Union High School, was born and raised in the neighborhoods around Grant High. Bledsoe, a California state employee who is running in this year’s election to lead the City council seat representing North Sacramento who was released with Resignation of Sean Loloeelives across the street from campus.
She believes Williams’ ties to the neighborhood and school helped convince the teen to drop the gun.
“He comes from the Heights. He comes from the Manors. He was raised…