A manhunt for multiple suspects is underway after a shooting in downtown Sacramento, California, early Sunday morning that left six people dead and 12 others injured.
“Investigators are working to find the perpetrators of this heinous crime. We know there was a large brawl just before the shootings. We’ve also established that there are multiple shooters “Chief Katherine Lester of the Sacramento Police Department said on Sunday afternoon.
According to Lester, three men and three women were killed, and the injured were rushed to local hospitals. She said the coroner’s office is working to identify and notify the victims’ families.
According to Lester, investigators were interviewing a number of witnesses and recovering hundreds of pieces of evidence from the scene, including a stolen handgun. Officers were dispatched to the scene near 10th Street and K Street around 2 a.m. after hearing gunshots and seeing people fleeing, according to the police chief.
Officers arrived to find a large crowd and a number of gunshot victims.
“Officers began providing medical assistance, including CPR, to the victims they discovered while also working to stabilize the scene and learn as much as they could about the crime,” Lester said at a press conference on Sunday.
At the scene, she said, police worked alongside members of the California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento Fire Department. “Every single one of our agencies attempted to save lives.”
According to police, social media video appears to show an altercation prior to the shooting. “We are currently working to determine what, if any, relation these events have to the shooting,” the statement said.
The California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall, and the Golden 1 Center, which hosts concerts and sporting events, are all within a few blocks of the scene.
When gunfire erupted, a large crowd gathered in the area, but it was unclear whether the crowd was connected to a specific venue or event, according to Lester.
According to the chief, members of the public have provided tips and video related to the shooting, and a portion of the incident was captured by a nearby police camera.
“We are shocked and heartbroken by this tragedy,” Lester said, “but we are also determined as an agency to find those responsible and bring justice to the victims and their families.” The shooting, according to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, was a “senseless and unacceptable tragedy” that left the California capital city with a “broken heart.”
He stated, “Thoughts and prayers are insufficient.” “It is past time for America to have a rational discussion about guns. We have a disease — a disease in our country and a disease in our culture.”
He stated that Sacramento would continue to invest in youth violence prevention and early intervention programs.
“In our city, we will assess the situation and do everything we can to protect the public on the investment, public safety, and gun fronts.” Governor Gavin Newsom of California stated that the shooting had left multiple families in mourning. “The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country,” he said in a statement. “We must resolve to put an end to this carnage.”
President Joe Biden called Sacramento “another community devastated by gun violence” and urged Congress to pass gun control legislation.
“Six people were killed and at least a dozen others were injured in a single act in Sacramento. Families were forever altered. Survivors are left to heal both visible and invisible wounds” he said in a statement.