Six people were killed and 10 injured in a mass shooting early Sunday as bars and nightclubs closed in downtown Sacramento and police in the California state capital searched for at least one suspect .
Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester told a news conference that police were patrolling the area two blocks from the Capitol around 2 a.m. when they heard gunshots and s rushed to the scene. They found a large crowd gathered and six people dead in the street. 10 others abducted themselves or were taken to hospital. No information was provided on their terms.
Authorities do not know if one or more suspects were involved. It’s “a very complex and complicated scene,” Lester said.
She appealed to the public, asking for witnesses or anyone with recordings of the shooting to contact police.
Shortly after the shooting, a video was posted on Twitter showing people running down the street to the sound of rapid gunfire.
Kelsey Schar, 18, was staying on the fourth floor of the Citizen Hotel when she said she heard gunshots and saw lightning in the dark. She walked to the window and “saw a guy running and just shooting,” Schar told The Associated Press in an interview.
Her friend, Madalyn Woodard, 17, said she saw a crowd in the street disperse amid gunfire. She said she saw a girl who appeared to have been shot in the arm lying on the ground. Security guards from a nearby nightclub rushed to help the girl with what looked like towels to try and stop the bleeding.
Sunday’s violence was the second mass shooting in Sacramento in the past five weeks. On February 28, a father killed his three daughters, a chaperone and himself in a church during a weekly supervised visitation. David Mora, 39, was armed with a homemade semi-automatic rifle-style weapon, although he was under a restraining order that prohibited him from possessing a firearm.
In a tweet, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg denounced the rise in gun violence, calling it “a blight on our city, state, and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it.”
“Words cannot express my shock and sadness this morning. The number of dead and injured is difficult to comprehend,” he said.
Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that his administration is working closely with law enforcement.
“What we do know at this point is that another shooting resulted in numerous casualties, leaving families with lost loved ones, multiple people injured and a grieving community,” he said.
The area where Sunday’s shooting occurred is full of restaurants and bars. Nightclubs close at 2am and it is normal for the streets to be full of people at that time.
Kay Harris, 32, said she was asleep when a family member called to say they thought her brother had been killed. She said she thought he had been to the London nightclub, which is close to the shooting.
Harris said she had been to the club a few times and described it as a place for “the younger crowd”. She spent the morning walking around the block waiting for news.
“It really is a violent and senseless act,” she said.
Berry Accius, a community activist, said he came to the scene shortly after the shooting.
“The first thing I saw was like casualties. I saw a young girl with a whole lot of blood in her body, a girl taking glass away from her, a young girl screaming saying, ‘They killed my sister. A mother came running up: ‘Where is my son, was my son shot?’ “, he said.
UC Davis Medical Center received five patients from the downtown shooting, spokeswoman Stephanie Winn said. She declined to provide their genders or conditions, referring the media to the police.
This release fixes the fact that the previous mass shooting in Sacramento happened on February 28, not last month.