CITRUS HEIGHTS, Sacramento County (CBS) — A well-known white supremacist leader was apparently killed in an early morning shooting at his Citrus Heights home, although investigators have not yet publicly released the victim’s identity.

The Citrus Heights Police Department said a 40-year-old man was found dead from gunshot wounds to the head and upper torso inside a home on the 5900 block of Merlindale Drive just before 4:00 a.m. Wednesday.

A 33-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital for treatment for gunshot wounds to the leg. She is expected to survive.

A third adult and a teen were also inside the home at the time of the shooting and were not injured. Police detained a person of interest in the case around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, but have not released the person’s identity.

A report from the Southern Poverty Law Center said the man fatally shot was David Lynch, a white supremacy organizer who has been active since the 1980s and leader of a Sacramento-based skinhead group.

Citrus Heights police spokesman Lt. Gary Hendricks said investigators are looking into the victim’s associations, but have not released confirmation of his identity.

“Our investigators are actively investigating that angle as well,” Hendricks said.

The shooting took place in a home owned by Lynch and a pickup truck still parked in the property’s driveway Wednesday evening had a license plate holder bearing the phrase, “My boss is an Austrian painter,” a reference to Adolf Hitler.

Neighbors said they were surprised to learn of the victim’s alleged involvement in white supremacy organizations, describing him as “very polite” and calling the incident painful for the neighborhood.

“If he was active, he wasn’t active in this neighborhood,” said neighbor Ralph Peri.

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Comments (32)
  1. Jon Skin says:

    Dave, you were one of the best people I knew!! You will be missed

    1. donovan says:

      One less hater in this world is a win-win for humanity.

      1. Renee Coomes says:


      2. Jon Skin says:

        You are obviously one of the ignorant people who somehow think that everyone is equal. Everywhere you look, no one is equal, and they never will be. Not only is it a matter of race, but also a matter of lower, middle, or upper class. You are so narrow minded that all you see is a hater, I see a friend, and morally good, intelligent, human. He was a caring father, and a great friend.

      3. Dave B Gone says:

        Imagine the look on Dave’s face when he finds out from “The Austrian Painter” himself that he’s a Jew….Priceless! Well, at least the weather will always be toasty where he’s going….

    2. Jon Skin says:

      Hell yeah!!! Victory or Valhalla!!!

    3. Ken says:

      You need to pick a measurable IQ if you think a race war would EVER end with skinheads and their ilk winning. Take a look around – the bigoted white man is in the minority and there’s no sign of that changing ANY time soon.

    4. Dave B Gone says:

      That speaks volume about the people you do know….I’m really sorry!

    5. Dave B Gone says:

      Mike, the people from the Psycho Ward called, they want you back asap, you’re missing your daily meds…

    6. robi richards says:

      white power 88 comrade i can’t beleave boots? did this?

  2. al says:

    he was a white supremacist. not a skinhead.

    1. Dave B Gone says:

      He can now be whatever he wants to be, as long as he’s six feet under…

  3. Eric says:

    A white supremacist named Lynch, how funny is that?

    1. Dave B Gone says:

      Proof positive all teabaggers are a bunch of bittered, resentful trailer trash racists…

      1. Al says:

        Satan is tea bagging him right now and for eternity!!!

  4. David says:

    So glad he’s dead, it’s kind of funny that all these white power idiots worship Hitler, who was a Jew

    1. Dave B Gone says:

      Imagine the look on Dave’s face when he finds out from “The Austrian Painter” himself that he’s a Jew….Priceless! Well, at least the weather will always be toasty where he’s going….

  5. Miles says:

    @David – Hitler wasn’t a Jew. Get beyond the wack websites.

    1. Dave B Gone says:

      Miles – Get beyond your own wacked self…

  6. Phil Cooper says:

    I really don’t care what anyone believes. It’s their right.

    However, you hate me because I’m gay. I’m caucasian, but I’m gay. And you hate me.

    Therefore, I have no choice but to hate you back. I didn’t want it that way. You brought it to me.

    Kind of sad, since I’ve known skins personally and haven’t had an issue with them.

    1. Ken says:

      The right to hate – yes. The right to subject the target of that hate to that hatred – no. If they knew you were gay and did nothing about it, they weren’t real skins.

  7. RonskiDonski says:

    Good riddance…

  8. eri says:

    his own ppl did it… i guess lynch was getting a lil soft.

  9. Krystal Fore says:

    Uncomprehensible, I am a white women who find these type of people offense to the human race as well as the white race itself. Who are we to judge others or force others into our own beliefs. All nationalities live together and work together in this country. No one is superior to another. The typical white supremicist cant even hold a job and function in society, because all they live is a hatred filled life except towards “others skin heads”! Sad to say, but his hatred got him to where he is now.

  10. Jed says:

    oops, a certain contractor needs a new supervisor now

  11. no haters says:

    the world is a better place today.

  12. VANESSA says:

    I feel nothing for one who supports and/or involved in such a movement. He lived by the sword, so shall he die by it………….GOOD FUGGIN RIDDENS………LMAO

  13. wiseguy says:

    what the hell does this have to do with 151 skateboards???

  14. robi richards says:

    now your with Odin brother 88
    i can’t beleave boots did this?

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