Sacramento police are searching for suspects after a mass shooting in Sacramento, California, killed six individuals, and wounded at least 10 others early Sunday morning in the city’s downtown area. The beginning of the incident was reportedly caught on camera by a bystander. State leaders have also issued statements about the incident, expressing their remorse and blasting the shooting as evidence of rising gun crime in the city, state, and nation.
The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday morning that Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said there were “no suspects in custody” and adding that “it wasn’t immediately clear if the victims were deliberately targeted, or how many shooters were involved.
“Right now our investigators are arriving at the scene,” Lester said. “This is very preliminary.”
The Bee had a few details as to when the shooting occurred, but it remained unclear where the event unfolded:
The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. near the 1000 block of K Street, but details about where the incident occurred have not been confirmed. The shooting scene was strewn across at least two blocks, with broken glass and police markers on 10th Street from K to L, as officers work the scene; police were also investigating at 12th and K streets.
Sacramento police also tweeted, “We are aware of a social media video that appears to show an altercation that preceded the shooting. We encourage any community members with related video to follow the link/QR code below to submit the video to SPD. ”
We are aware of a social media video that appears to show an altercation that preceded the shooting. We encourage any community members with related video to follow the link/QR code below to submit the video to SPD. https://t.co/bQBuBtDM8m pic.twitter.com/pPdrHVkKuX
— Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) April 3, 2022
That video referenced by SPD appears to show a massive brawl amongst unknown individuals. Shots can be heard in close proximity roughly 12 seconds into the clip. It is unclear who fired the weapons or which direction the bullets came from. The video can be seen here:
BREAKING:🚨 USA: Multiple people k!IIed and injured in mass shooting incident in downtown Sacramento, California; sound of automatic gunfire captured on amateur video pic.twitter.com/aHwco0UZG6
— OSINT Updates 🚨 (@OsintUpdates) April 3, 2022
In response to the violence, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg (D) said in a statement, “Words can’t express my shock and sadness this morning.”
“The numbers of dead and wounded are difficult to comprehend. We await more information about exactly what transpired in this tragic incident,” he added. “Rising gun violence is the scourge of our city, state and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it. Our new police chief, Kathy Lester, has made it a top priority, and I stand firmly behind her.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) also issued a statement, saying, “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.”
“The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage,” Newsom added.
According to the Bee, residents like Dennis Young, a 73-year-old downtown resident, have begun carrying things like pepper spray “to remain safe in the area.” Young told the paper that “the incident is the worst he has seen.”
“I keep my distance, no guns or anything, but I see everything from hypodermic needles,” Young explained, adding, “Yesterday, I saw a steak knife and somebody stabbed on the sidewalk. It’s just issues, it’s just issues,” he added.