Sacramento Shooting in USA 2022: Sacramento police believe multiple shooters were involved in a mass shooting early Sunday in downtown Sacramento that killed six adults and left 12 other people injured.
Sacramento police Chief Kathy Lester said Sunday afternoon that the shootings broke out after a large fight and killed three men and three women. Sacramento Shooting in USA 2022.
Nearby buildings were hit by gunfire and a stolen handgun was recovered at the scene, Lester said.
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,” he said. “The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage.”
Gunfire breaks out after 2 a.m.
Lester said police were patrolling the area at about 2 a.m. when they heard gunfire. When they arrived at the scene, they found a large crowd gathered on the street.
“Officers began lifesaving measures to multiple victims on scene,” police said. “Despite these efforts, six victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Another 12 people had varying degrees of injuries, police said in an update after earlier saying 10 people were hurt. As of Sunday evening, KCRA 3 has learned that four of those people have life-threatening injuries.
Four of the shooting victims were taken to UC Davis Medical Center and one to Sutter hospital, KCRA 3 has confirmed.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying who is responsible. Beyond saying that a stolen gun was recovered and multiple shooters were involved, Lester did not give specifics on the type of guns used and details about possible suspects.
Forty evidence markers could be seen on the street on Sunday and investigators seemed to be focused on an area outside of the Sharif Fine Jewelry store.
Police ask for the public to share information
Video posted on social media showed people running through the street as the sound of rapid gunfire could be heard in the background.
This is “a very complex and complicated scene,” Lester said. She issued a plea to the public, asking for witnesses or anyone with recordings of the incident to contact police. They have also created a QR code for people to share related video.
Witnesses describe the Sacramento shooting
Danni Chisick, a guest on the fourth floor of the Citizen Hotel, said she awoke to the sounds of gunfire.
“Eventually the shots stopped and then we realized that this was really, really bad. It wasn’t just a little shooting,” she said.
When the gunfire stopped, she and her partner saw a woman.
“She was running down the street right in front of the Citizen Hotel. And she kind of fell back and over, and her friends were kind of crowded around her and it looked like she was shot in the stomach area,” Chisick said. “And they started to put pressure on the wound.”
Police had to use batons and their bicycles to push a line back out of the way of the crime scene, she said.
“The first thing I saw was like victims. I saw a young girl with a whole bunch of blood in her body, a girl taking off glass from her, a young girl screaming saying, ‘They killed my sister.’ A mother running up, ‘Where’s my son, has my son been shot?’“ he said.
Accius called the shooting “mind-boggling” and “tragic.”
“It’s something that you never want to wake up to,” Accius said.