Mass shooting in Sacramento: Witnesses describe chaos after 6 dead and 12 injured in downtown shooting


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) — Terrifying moments early Sunday morning on the streets of downtown Sacramento.

Chaos unfolded as several shots rang out near 10th and L streets.

Witnesses described the scene.

“We were right there on that wall, over there, like just tied against the wall. And it happened right down the other side of the street. And then we just turned into the driveway and the whole everyone was running against each other, like passing each other and, yeah, it was just crazy,” witness Asa Pickett said.

A man with a bullet hole in his car.

“I heard gunshots. And then after the gunshots I heard people start diving on the ground and falling, and the next thing I know someone fell in front of my truck “said Gerrard Smith.

Sacramento police say six people are dead.

12 others were shot down and sustained varying degrees of injury.

VIDEO: At least 2 shooters kill 6 and injure 12 in mass shooting in Sacramento, police say

“We know there was a big fight before the shooting and we have confirmed multiple shooters,” Sacramento Police Chief Katherine Lester said.

Police said they recovered a stolen weapon from the scene.

The events shocked the Sacramento community from the upper echelons of power down to ordinary citizens.

“We want people to come downtown and be safe. And people should come downtown,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Sunday night, many gathered at a local park to honor the victims and call for change.

“We devalue human life, you know. People become desensitized to these killings. You see this happening so often, so frequently,” said community activist Stevante Clark.

Clark, along with others in attendance, implored the community to remember these events long after the initial shock wore off.

“In a week, all the cameras will be gone. All the hype will be gone. There won’t be as many anymore,” Clark said.

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