California: At least two shooters opened fire before dawn Sunday in Sacramento, killing six people and wounded 12 others as clubs closed for the night and crowds spilled out onto downtown streets, according to authorities.

The violence claimed the lives of three males and three women. Their victims remained on the pavement for hours after the gunshots erupted, resulting in a vast crime scene that spanned several city blocks. More than 14 hours later, the shooters were still on the loose, and at least four of their victims were battling life-threatening bullet wounds in surrounding hospitals.

Officials encouraged people to come forward with tips and recordings that would help them solve the crime as police poured through hundreds of pieces of evidence, much of which was documented on the streets with blue and yellow markers.

Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said, “We’re asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects in this.”
Authorities discovered a stolen handgun at the scene, and video footage shared on social media revealed what appeared to be an incident before the gunshots erupted in the city of approximately 525,000 people, which is located 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

Detectives were attempting to piece together the events leading up to the incident. “We don’t know if that fight actually led to the shooting,” said Sgt. Zach Eaton, a police spokesperson.

Kelsey Schar said she heard gunshots and saw sparks in the dark while staying on the fourth floor of Citizen Hotel. “I saw a person running and just shooting,” Schar told The Associated Press as she approached the window.

Madalyn Woodard, one of her friends, said she observed a crowd scatter in the street amid the shooting, as well as a girl who appeared to have been shot in the arm resting on the ground. Security guards from a nearby nightclub raced over to assist the girl, attempting to stop the bleeding using what appeared to be napkins.

People sprinting down the street amid the sounds of rapid gunfire at an area on the fringes of the city’s major entertainment zone, which is filled with restaurants and clubs, were seen in a video posted on Twitter. Nightclubs close at 2 a.m., and the streets are typically packed at that time.

The district is highlighted by the Golden One Center, which hosts big-name concerts and is home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, who play the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. City officials have made significant investments in the region to encourage development, and police have announced that extra patrols would be deployed downtown ahead of the basketball game.

“Our city has a crushed heart this morning,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg stated. “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know there were a lot of people killed in a short period of time.”

At before 2 a.m., officers were monitoring the area near the shooting site, which is two blocks from the State Capitol, when they heard gunshots and hurried to the scene, according to Lester. They discovered a large crowd gathered in the roadway, as well as six bodies. In the melee, another twelve people were shot and injured.

Aly & AJ, a pop duet, performed in Sacramento’s Crest Theatre on Saturday, and their tour van was hit by gunfire, the musicians reported on Twitter. According to the message, no one in their touring group was injured.

According to a database produced by The Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University, at least six people have been killed in a mass shooting in the United States this year. It was also Sacramento’s second mass shooting in the last five weeks.

During a weekly supervised visitation on Feb. 28, a man killed his three daughters, a chaperone, and himself in a church. Despite a restraining order prohibiting him from owning a firearm, David Mora, 39, was equipped with a handcrafted semiautomatic rifle-style weapon.

During her 15 months on the council, Councilmember Katie Valenzuela, who represents the neighborhood where Sunday’s shooting occurred, said she had received several phone calls reporting numerous violent occurrences in her district.

Valenzuela cried as she told reporters that she was woken up around 2:30 a.m. Sunday by a phone call with details about the latest tragedy.

“I’m heartbroken and enraged,” she expressed her feelings. “This isn’t good enough for our neighborhood.”
According to Grant Gorman, a bartender who lives near where the incident occurred, the city’s downtown development plan was successful until the pandemic came and forced many businesses to close.

“Just as we were approaching some form of a bustling downtown area that was safe and we had a bunch of open businesses to go to,” Gorman said, “the pandemic hit it and just demolished everything.”

The mayor, Steinberg, stated that “it has been a really challenging moment in downtown Sacramento and Sacramento as a general” in recent years.
He went on to say that the shooting “gives pause to our entire community,” but that despite the recent bloodshed, people should continue to visit the area.

In a statement, California Governor Gavin Newsom said his government was working closely with law enforcement officers.
“What we do know at this point is that another mass casualty shooting has occurred, leaving grieving families, several people injured, and a community in mourning,” he said.

Kay Harris, 32, told the Associated Press that she was sleeping when a family member called to report that her brother Sergio Harris had been killed. She stated that she believed he was in the London nightclub near the shooting.
“It was a really pointless and violent act,” she stated.

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

Pamela Harris told the newspaper, “We simply want to know what happened to him.” “It’s difficult to confront not knowing anything.”
A neighborhood leader, Berry Accius, said he arrived at the scene shortly after the incident.

“The first thing I noticed was that they looked like victims. I observed a little girl with a lot of blood on her body, a young girl removing glass from her, and a young girl shouting, “They killed my sister!” “A mother comes up to me and says, ‘Where is my son? Has my son been shot?'” he says.

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