Police in Sacramento, Calif., are looking for one or more suspects after six people were killed and 10 others injured in a downtown shooting early Sunday morning.
Sacramento Police Department chief Kathy Lester told a news conference that police were patrolling the area around 2 a.m. after hearing gunshots. When they arrived at the scene, she said, they found a large crowd gathered in the street and six people dead.
10 others abducted themselves or were taken to hospital. No information was given on their conditions.
Authorities do not know if one or more suspects were involved and are asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible. Lester did not elaborate on the type of weapon used.
It’s “a very complex and complicated scene,” she said, asking witnesses or anyone with recordings of the incident to contact police.
Video posted to Twitter showed people running down the street as the sound of rapid gunfire could be heard in the background. Some images show that several ambulances were sent to the scene.
Police provided few other details about the circumstances, but said a “significant police presence will remain and the scene remains active.
“Officers have located at least 15 gunshot victims, including 6 deceased,” the police department said in an earlier statement, before later updating the number of injuries.
Residents have been urged to avoid the area, which is full of restaurants and bars that leads to the Golden One Center, where the Sacramento Kings play basketball.
Local politicians weighed in with statements of shock.
“Around 2:30 a.m. I got the call that no elected official wants to take. Another shooting. More lives lost. The national epidemic of gun violence has hit our community – again,” said local council member Katie Valenzuela.
Darrell Steinberg, the mayor of Sacramento, said, “Words cannot express my shock and sadness this morning. The number of dead and injured is hard to fathom… the rise in gun violence is the blight of our city, state and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it.
A resident says he arrived at the scene. Berry Accius of Voice of the Youth of Sacramento, a nonprofit youth mentoring organization, said he found the situation “chaotic”, broadcaster KXTV reported.
“A lot of victims with blood, just looking at some of the families who didn’t know if their loved one was alive, running around, trying to figure out what was going on, distraught people, bewildered people,” Accius told TV. television.
The shooting in Sacramento came as another incident took place in Dallas, Texas, where one person was killed and 10 others injured in a shooting at an outdoor concert on Saturday night. No arrests were made.
Last month, a Sacramento man shot dead his three daughters and another person at a church in the city.
The latest shootings also come after two people were killed and two injured on a public bus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last month. In February, three people, including the shooter, were killed in a shooting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.