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Police announce 6 dead, 12 injured in Sacramento shooting – NBC Chicago

Six people were killed and 12 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.

Twelve people who police say suffered gunshot wounds were taken to one or more hospitals. The Sacramento Fire Department said four of the seven people its rescuers carried suffered serious injuries. Authorities said some gunshot victims went to hospital or were taken away.

Authorities recovered “at least one firearm” from the scene, according to a police statement, and urged witnesses or anyone with recordings of the shooting to contact police.

“We are asking for the public’s assistance in helping us identify the suspects,” Lester said. When asked if authorities were looking for one or more suspects, Lester told reporters she didn’t know.

Investigators were reviewing social media videos that appeared to show an altercation prior to the fatal incident, the police statement said.

“We are currently working to determine the relationship, if any, between these events and the shooting,” the department said in the statement.

Shortly after the shooting, a video was posted on Twitter showing people running down the street to the sound of rapid gunfire in the city of about 525,000 people located 120 kilometers from San Francisco.

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, said she saw a crowd in the street disperse amid gunfire and 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.

Ten ambulances and fifty Sacramento Fire Department first responders responded to the shooting, according to Capt. Keith Wade.

The department took seven people with gunshot wounds to hospitals, some with life-threatening injuries, he said.

Sunday’s violence was the third time in the United States this year that at least six people have been killed in a mass shooting, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University. And it 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-type weapon, despite being under a restraining order that prohibited him from owning a firearm.

Councilwoman Katie Valenzuela, who represents the area where the shooting happened, said she had received phone calls reporting numerous violent incidents in her district during the 15 months she was on the job.

Valenzuela wept at a news conference when she told reporters the last phone call woke her at 2.30am on Sunday with details of the latest tragedy.

“I am heartbroken and outraged,” she said. “Our community deserves better than this.”

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg denounced the rise in gun violence at the press conference and said city officials would support the victims. He said the city had worked hard to attract people to its downtown core since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and despite the shooting, the city was safe.

“This morning our city is heartbroken,” Steinberg said. “This is a senseless and unacceptable tragedy.”

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, told AP she was asleep when a family member called to say he believed her brother Sergio Harris 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.

Pamela Harris, Sergio Harris’ mother, told The Sacramento Bee the family has yet to hear from him.

“We just want to know what happened to him,” Pamela Harris told the newspaper. “Not knowing anything is just hard to face.”

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 four patients from the downtown shooting, spokeswoman Stephanie Winn said. She declined to provide their genders or conditions, referring the media to the police.

Ten ambulances and fifty Sacramento Fire Department first responders responded to the shooting, according to Capt. Keith Wade.

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This version corrects that four patients from the shooting, not five, were transported to UC Davis Medical Center.

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