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Sacramento police are looking for several suspects after a mass shooting that killed six




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An urgent search is underway for several suspects after a shooting in downtown Sacramento, Calif., left six dead and 12 others injured early Sunday morning.

“Investigators are working to identify those responsible for this horrific act. We know that a large fight took place just before the shooting. And we have confirmed that there were several shooters,” said Sunday afternoon Sacramento Police Chief Katherine Lester.

Three men and three women were killed, Lester said, and the injured were rushed to area hospitals. The coroner’s office is working to identify and notify the families of the victims, she said.

Investigators interviewed a number of witnesses and located hundreds of pieces of evidence from the scene, including a stolen handgun, Lester said.

Officers quickly responded to the scene near 10th Street and K Street after hearing gunshots around 2 a.m. and seeing people running, the police chief said.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a large crowd and several gunshot victims.

“Officers began giving medical aid, including CPR, to the victims they found and at the same time worked to stabilize the scene and learn what they could about the crime,” Lester said during the interview. a press conference on Sunday.

Police worked alongside members of the California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento Fire Department at the scene, she said. “All of our agencies tried to save lives.”

Video on social media appears to show an altercation before the shooting, police said in a statement. “We are currently working to determine the relationship, if any, between these events and the shooting,” the statement said.

The stage is within blocks of several notable sites: the California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall, and the Golden 1 Center, which hosts concerts and sporting events.

A large crowd was gathered in the area when gunfire erupted, but it was unclear whether the crowd was tied to a particular location or event, Lester said.

Members of the public sent in tips and video related to the shooting, the chief said, and part of the incident was captured on a nearby police camera.

“We are shocked and heartbroken by this tragedy, but we are also committed as an agency to finding those responsible and bringing justice to the victims and their families,” Lester said.

Sacramento police are looking for several suspects after a mass shooting that killed six

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called the shooting a “senseless and unacceptable tragedy” that left the Californian capital “heartbroken”.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” he said. “It’s high time to have a healthy gun talk in America. We have a disease – it’s a disease in our country, it’s a disease in our culture.

He said Sacramento would continue to invest in early intervention and violence prevention programs for youth.

“In our city, we will take stock and we will do everything we can on the investment side, on the public safety side, on the gun side, to protect the public.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom noted that the shooting left several families in mourning. “The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to end this carnage,” he said in a statement.

President Joe Biden noted that Sacramento was “another community devastated by gun violence” and called on Congress to act on gun control measures.

“In a single act in Sacramento, six people died and at least a dozen others were injured. Families were forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds seen and unseen,” he said in a statement. .

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