Police say 6 dead, 10 injured in Sacramento shooting


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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 state capitol of California was looking for at least one suspect.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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 state capitol of California was looking for at least one suspect.

Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester told a news conference that police were patrolling the area around 2 a.m. when they heard gunshots. When they arrived at the scene, they found a large crowd gathered in the street and six people dead. Another 10 abducted themselves or were taken to hospitals. No information was given on their conditions.

Authorities do not know if one or more suspects were involved.

Kelsey Schar, 18, was staying on the fourth floor of the Citizen Hotel when she said she heard gunshots. She walked to the window and “saw a guy running and just shooting,” Schar told The Associated Press.

She saw flashes of the gun in the dark.

Madalyn Woodard, 17, who was also staying at the same hotel, said she saw a crowd of people running down the street. She saw a girl who appeared to have been shot in the arm and lying on the ground. Nightclub security guards rushed to help her.

“These nightclub security guards, I think it was where she was right next door, they brought in, like, towels. I could see the bloody towels they were using,” Woodard said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible. Lester did not elaborate on the type of weapon used.

It’s “a very complex and complicated scene,” she said. Lester appealed to the public, asking for witnesses or anyone with tapes of the incident 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. The video showed several ambulances at the scene.

The shooting – which occurred just two blocks from the state Capitol – was decried by senior politicians.

Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that his administration is working closely with law enforcement.

“What we know at this point is that another shooting has claimed many lives, leaving families with loved ones lost, several people injured and a community in mourning. The scourge of gun violence continues to plague be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to end this carnage,” he said.

Meanwhile, via Twitter, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said, “Words cannot express my shock and sadness this morning. The number of dead and injured is difficult to estimate.

“Increasing gun violence is the blight of our city, state and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it,” he said.

Residents have been urged to avoid the area, which is full of restaurants and bars, including London Nightclub.

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 was in London.

Harris said she had been to the club a few times and described it as a place for “the younger crowd”. Bars and clubs close at 2am and it is normal for the streets to be full of people at this time.

She spent the morning walking around the block waiting for news.

“It really is a senseless act of violence,” she said.

Steve Hicks was staying at the Citizen Hotel with his fiancé and two daughters after attending a Tyler the Creator concert at the Golden One Center. He said he didn’t hear any gunshots but the sirens woke him up.

Police closed off the streets around the club, with yellow police tape billowing in the early morning breeze.

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 did not give their gender or condition, referring the media to the police.

Sunday’s violence was the latest in Sacramento. Last month, 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-type weapon, although he was under a restraining order that prohibited him from possessing a firearm. Her daughters were 13, 10 and 9 years old.

Adam Beam, The Associated Press


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