6 dead, 12 injured; Police ask for help finding suspects

Sacramento police believe multiple shooters were involved in a mass shooting early Sunday in downtown Sacramento that killed six adults and left 12 other people injured.Sacramento police Chief Kathy Lester said Sunday afternoon that the shootings broke out after a large fight and killed three men and three women. Nearby buildings were hit by gunfire and a stolen handgun was recovered at the scene, Lester said. Gov. Gavin Newsom called the shooting “yet another horrendous act of gun violence” and said his administration was working with local and state law enforcement “as we monitor the situation.” Leer en español.“What we do know at this point is that another mass casualty shooting has occurred, leaving families with lost loved ones, multiple individuals injured and a community in grief,” he said. “The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage.”KCRA 3 will be on the air again with live updates for an hour at 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. See the latest updates in the video above. A vigil is taking place Sunday evening at César Chávez Plaza. Gunfire breaks out after 2 a.m. More than 70 shots heard on video. What else we know.Lester said police were patrolling the area at about 2 a.m. when they heard gunfire. When they arrived at the scene, they found a large crowd gathered on the street.”Officers began lifesaving measures to multiple victims on scene,” police said. “Despite these efforts, six victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.”Another 12 people had varying degrees of injuries, police said in an update after earlier saying 10 people were hurt. As of Sunday evening, KCRA 3 has learned that four of those people have life-threatening injuries.Four of the shooting victims were taken to UC Davis Medical Center and one to Sutter hospital, KCRA 3 has confirmed. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying who is responsible. Beyond saying that a stolen gun was recovered and multiple shooters were involved, Lester did not give specifics on the type of guns used and details about possible suspects. Forty evidence markers could be seen on the street on Sunday and investigators seemed to be focused on an area outside of the Sharif Fine Jewelry store.In video shared with KCRA 3, more than 70 gunshots could be heard as people ran to safety. Police ask for the public to share information about the Sacramento shooting. Video posted on social media showed people running through the street as the sound of rapid gunfire could be heard in the background. This is “a very complex and complicated scene,” Lester said. She issued a plea to the public, asking for witnesses or anyone with recordings of the incident to contact police. They have also created a QR code for people to share related video. Police have since received multiple videos as part of their investigation. A police camera at 10th Street and K Street also captured video. The Sacramento Police Department said 9th Street to 13th Street is closed between L Street and J Street. Zach Eaton, a police spokesperson, said it was “a very complex scene” and the area will be shut down throughout the day. Residents were asked to avoid the area, which is packed with restaurants and bars that leads to the Golden 1 Center.Witnesses describe the Sacramento shooting. Family members wait for news on their loved ones.Danni Chisick, a guest on the fourth floor of the Citizen Hotel, said she awoke to the sounds of gunfire. “Eventually the shots stopped and then we realized that this was really, really bad. It wasn’t just a little shooting,” she said. When the gunfire stopped, she and her partner saw a woman. “She was running down the street right in front of the Citizen Hotel. And she kind of fell back and over, and her friends were kind of crowded around her and it looked like she was shot in the stomach area,” Chisick said. “And they started to put pressure on the wound.”Police had to use batons and their bicycles to push a line back out of the way of the crime scene, she said. Berry Accius, a community activist, said he came to the scene shortly after the shooting happened.“The first thing I saw was like victims. I saw a young girl with a whole bunch of blood in her body, a girl taking off glass from her, a young girl screaming saying, ‘They killed my sister.’ A mother running up, ‘Where’s my son, has my son been shot?’“ he said. Accius called the shooting “mind-boggling” and “tragic.”“It’s something that you never want to wake up to,” Accius said.Other family members of possible victims were gathering out at the scene Sunday morning and many mentioned London, a nightclub at 1009 10th Street, as being connected to the shooting location. But the nightclub said the shooting didn’t happen inside or outside the club. Dezaray Johnson told KCRA 3 she was shooting pool with her cousin last night “and now he’s gone.” Pamela Harris was hoping for information about her 38-year-old son, Sergio, and on Sunday morning was frustrated that police had not shared details. “I just think it’s a damn shame that the Sacramento Police Department hasn’t confirmed anything to any of the families,” she said. “I’m not standing out here to be nosy. I want some answers.”She later got confirmation that her son, a father of three, had been killed. “My son was a very vivacious young man,” Harris said. “For this to happen is crazy. I don’t know what to do. I don’t even feel like this is real. I feel like this is a dream.”Another person who died was DeVazia Turner, KCRA 3 has confirmed from family. Sacramento police said they would open City Hall as an information center for families. Meanwhile, pop performers Aly & AJ said their bus was caught in the crossfire of the shooting but they were OK. The duo had performed at the Crest Theatre nearby on Saturday. Public officials respond to the shooting.On Sunday evening, President Joe Biden responded to the shooting in a statement, which also called for banning ghost guns — also known as unregistered firearms — requiring background checks for all gun sales, and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”Today, America once again mourns for another community devasted by gun violence. In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible,” Biden said in the release.Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted that “words can’t express my shock & sadness this morning” and called gun violence “the scourge of our city, state and nation.” He spoke alongside other city leaders later Sunday morning and said that “this morning our city has a broken heart.””This is a senseless and unacceptable tragedy and I emphasize the word unacceptable,” he said. “Thoughts and prayers of course are appropriate for the victims and their families and the people who are fighting for their lives in the hospital. But thoughts and prayers are not nearly enough. We must do more, as a city, as a state and as a nation. This senseless epidemic of gun violence must be addressed.”He called gun violence “a sickness.”City Council member Katie Valenzuela, who represents the area where the shooting happened, talked about getting a call “that no elected official wants to get.” She said she was heartbroken and outraged.”Our community deserves better than this,” she said. “I know this is a national epidemic. This is not unique to Sacramento but we can stop it here. We can stop it here. I believe that we have the tools to do this. … Enough is enough. I will travel anywhere I need to travel and I will talk to whoever I need to talk to to get these guns off these streets and give our youth what we need so they can be successful and they don’t get shot down on K Street when they’re out trying to have a good time.” See more of her reaction in the video below.”Gun violence is truly a crisis in our community and has increased not only here in Sacramento but across the nation,” Lester said. Accius, the neighborhood activist, appeared at a press conference with local officials Sunday afternoon and responded to a question about what is needed in the community after the shooting. “In this moment, in this time, there’s nothing that could have been done to stop what was going to end up happening,” he said. “This was going to end up happening, whether there was community leaders there or even police officers in the site because some of these things are happening are isolated incidents in isolated situations where certain people have issues and unfortunately this was a cowardly act where an issue hurt innocent bystanders.”Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said there had been “an extraordinary response by law enforcement.” She said she wanted people to know that “if and when an arrest is made, we’re going to make sure that we hold those individuals fully accountable for these horrific crimes.” Click here for more reaction from elected leaders and other officials and organizations. Shooting impacts some activities downtown.Sacramento Regional Transit said that a bus bridge is in effect in the area. Organizers with the Credit Union Sactown Run said the event is happening as planned but the shooting has impacted some parking options. The Wicked Sacramento show will continue as planned but organizers said to allow for extra time to arrive at the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center as parking will be impacted. –The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sacramento police believe multiple shooters were involved in a mass shooting early Sunday in downtown Sacramento that killed six adults and left 12 other people injured.

Sacramento police Chief Kathy Lester said Sunday afternoon that the shootings broke out after a large fight and killed three men and three women.

Nearby buildings were hit by gunfire and a stolen handgun was recovered at the scene, Lester said.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom called the shooting “yet another horrendous act of gun violence” and said his administration was working with local and state law enforcement “as we monitor the situation.”

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“What we do know at this point is that another mass casualty shooting has occurred, leaving families with lost loved ones, multiple individuals injured and a community in grief,” he said. “The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage.”

  • KCRA 3 will be on the air again with live updates for an hour at 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. See the latest updates in the video above. A vigil is taking place Sunday evening at César Chávez Plaza.

Gunfire breaks out after 2 a.m. More than 70 shots heard on video. What else we know.

Lester said police were patrolling the area at about 2 a.m. when they heard gunfire. When they arrived at the scene, they found a large crowd gathered on the street.

“Officers began lifesaving measures to multiple victims on scene,” police said. “Despite these efforts, six victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Another 12 people had varying degrees of injuries, police said in an update after earlier saying 10 people were hurt. As of Sunday evening, KCRA 3 has learned that four of those people have life-threatening injuries.

Four of the shooting victims were taken to UC Davis Medical Center and one to Sutter hospital, KCRA 3 has confirmed.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying who is responsible. Beyond saying that a stolen gun was recovered and multiple shooters were involved, Lester did not give specifics on the type of guns used and details about possible suspects.

Forty evidence markers could be seen on the street on Sunday and investigators seemed to be focused on an area outside of the Sharif Fine Jewelry store.

In video shared with KCRA 3, more than 70 gunshots could be heard as people ran to safety.

Police ask for the public to share information about the Sacramento shooting.

Video posted on social media showed people running through the street as the sound of rapid gunfire could be heard in the background.

This is “a very complex and complicated scene,” Lester said. She issued a plea to the public, asking for witnesses or anyone with recordings of the incident to contact police. They have also created a QR code for people to share related video.

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Police have since received multiple videos as part of their investigation. A police camera at 10th Street and K Street also captured video.

The Sacramento Police Department said 9th Street to 13th Street is closed between L Street and J Street. Zach Eaton, a police spokesperson, said it was “a very complex scene” and the area will be shut down throughout the day.

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Residents were asked to avoid the area, which is packed with restaurants and bars that leads to the Golden 1 Center.

Witnesses describe the Sacramento shooting. Family members wait for news on their loved ones.

Danni Chisick, a guest on the fourth floor of the Citizen Hotel, said she awoke to the sounds of gunfire.

“Eventually the shots stopped and then we realized that this was really, really bad. It wasn’t just a little shooting,” she said.

When the gunfire stopped, she and her partner saw a woman.

“She was running down the street right in front of the Citizen Hotel. And she kind of fell back and over, and her friends were kind of crowded around her and it looked like she was shot in the stomach area,” Chisick said. “And they started to put pressure on the wound.”

Police had to use batons and their bicycles to push a line back out of the way of the crime scene, she said.

Berry Accius, a community activist, said he came to the scene shortly after the shooting happened.

“The first thing I saw was like victims. I saw a young girl with a whole bunch of blood in her body, a girl taking off glass from her, a young girl screaming saying, ‘They killed my sister.’ A mother running up, ‘Where’s my son, has my son been shot?’“ he said.

Accius called the shooting “mind-boggling” and “tragic.”

“It’s something that you never want to wake up to,” Accius said.

Other family members of possible victims were gathering out at the scene Sunday morning and many mentioned London, a nightclub at 1009 10th Street, as being connected to the shooting location. But the nightclub said the shooting didn’t happen inside or outside the club.

Dezaray Johnson told KCRA 3 she was shooting pool with her cousin last night “and now he’s gone.”

Pamela Harris was hoping for information about her 38-year-old son, Sergio, and on Sunday morning was frustrated that police had not shared details.

“I just think it’s a damn shame that the Sacramento Police Department hasn’t confirmed anything to any of the families,” she said. “I’m not standing out here to be nosy. I want some answers.”

She later got confirmation that her son, a father of three, had been killed.

“My son was a very vivacious young man,” Harris said. “For this to happen is crazy. I don’t know what to do. I don’t even feel like this is real. I feel like this is a dream.”

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Another person who died was DeVazia Turner, KCRA 3 has confirmed from family.

Sacramento police said they would open City Hall as an information center for families.

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Meanwhile, pop performers Aly & AJ said their bus was caught in the crossfire of the shooting but they were OK. The duo had performed at the Crest Theatre nearby on Saturday.

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Public officials respond to the shooting.

On Sunday evening, President Joe Biden responded to the shooting in a statement, which also called for banning ghost guns — also known as unregistered firearms — requiring background checks for all gun sales, and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

“Today, America once again mourns for another community devasted by gun violence. In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible,” Biden said in the release.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted that “words can’t express my shock & sadness this morning” and called gun violence “the scourge of our city, state and nation.”

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He spoke alongside other city leaders later Sunday morning and said that “this morning our city has a broken heart.”

“This is a senseless and unacceptable tragedy and I emphasize the word unacceptable,” he said. “Thoughts and prayers of course are appropriate for the victims and their families and the people who are fighting for their lives in the hospital. But thoughts and prayers are not nearly enough. We must do more, as a city, as a state and as a nation. This senseless epidemic of gun violence must be addressed.”

He called gun violence “a sickness.”

City Council member Katie Valenzuela, who represents the area where the shooting happened, talked about getting a call “that no elected official wants to get.” She said she was heartbroken and outraged.

“Our community deserves better than this,” she said. “I know this is a national epidemic. This is not unique to Sacramento but we can stop it here. We can stop it here. I believe that we have the tools to do this. … Enough is enough. I will travel anywhere I need to travel and I will talk to whoever I need to talk to to get these guns off these streets and give our youth what we need so they can be successful and they don’t get shot down on K Street when they’re out trying to have a good time.” See more of her reaction in the video below.

“Gun violence is truly a crisis in our community and has increased not only here in Sacramento but across the nation,” Lester said.

Accius, the neighborhood activist, appeared at a press conference with local officials Sunday afternoon and responded to a question about what is needed in the community after the shooting.

“In this moment, in this time, there’s nothing that could have been done to stop what was going to end up happening,” he said. “This was going to end up happening, whether there was community leaders there or even police officers in the site because some of these things are happening are isolated incidents in isolated situations where certain people have issues and unfortunately this was a cowardly act where an issue hurt innocent bystanders.”

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said there had been “an extraordinary response by law enforcement.” She said she wanted people to know that “if and when an arrest is made, we’re going to make sure that we hold those individuals fully accountable for these horrific crimes.”

Click here for more reaction from elected leaders and other officials and organizations.

Shooting impacts some activities downtown.

Sacramento Regional Transit said that a bus bridge is in effect in the area.

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Organizers with the Credit Union Sactown Run said the event is happening as planned but the shooting has impacted some parking options.

The Wicked Sacramento show will continue as planned but organizers said to allow for extra time to arrive at the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center as parking will be impacted.

–The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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