Joe Biden has again called on Congress to pass tougher gun laws following a mass shooting in Sacramento, California on Sunday as police continue to search for suspects in the case.
Six people were killed and 12 injured in the shooting in the city center early Sunday morning. Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester told reporters in the evening that authorities were looking for several suspects and had received a number of tips.
In a statement, Biden mourned those killed and praised the response from law enforcement and emergency personnel.
“In a single act in Sacramento, six people were killed and at least a dozen others injured,” the statement said. “Families have changed forever. Survivors left to heal visible and invisible wounds.
“But we need to do more than cry; we have to act.”
Biden called on Congress to pass meaningful gun reform legislation, including a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines and a repeal of liability immunity for gunmakers.
Congress has stalled on gun reform for years along partisan lines.
The mass shooting took place around 2 a.m. on the outskirts of Sacramento’s downtown entertainment district. Video from witnesses showed several gunshots ringing out as people fled.
The shooting happened after a fight broke out on a street lined with an upscale hotel, bars and nightclubs. Police said they don’t know if the altercation was related to the shooting,
Lester revealed some details of the investigation on Sunday and begged the public to share videos and other evidence that could lead to the killers.
“The scale of the violence that has just happened in our city is unprecedented in my 27 years here,” Lester told reporters at a news conference at police headquarters.
“We are shocked and heartbroken by this tragedy. But we are also committed as an agency to finding those responsible and bringing justice to victims and families.”
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other city officials have decried the escalating violence in the city while urging people to keep coming downtown for events like NBA games and performances of the Broadway musical Wicked.
“We can never accept it as normal and we never will,” Steinberg said of the shooting. “But we also have to live our lives.”
It was the third time in the United States this year that at least six people were killed in a mass shooting, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University.
It was also the second mass shooting in Sacramento in the past five weeks.