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At least 6 dead, 12 injured in downtown Sacramento shooting

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Leticia Harris, left, the wife of mass shooting victim Sergio Harris, consoles his mother, Pamela Harris, after receiving the news of his death in Sacramento, Calif.

Updated Monday, April 4, 6:57 a.m.

Sacramento Police are searching for multiple shooters from an early Sunday morning shooting in downtown Sacramento that left at least six people dead. No suspects were in custody as of Sunday afternoon.

Police Chief Kathy Lester told reporters Sunday afternoon that police heard gunshots in the area around 10th and K streets around 2 a.m. and saw a very large crowd. At least six people have been confirmed killed, and officials say another 12 have been injured.

Police have released few details about the identities of the victims. During the press conference, Lester said all of the victims were adults and suffered gunshot wounds. Three men and three women were killed.

“What happened last night is the biggest and most recent example of what we all know — gun violence is truly a crisis in our community and has increased not only here in Sacramento but across the nation,” Lester said.

Lester said there are no suspects in custody, and she asked for the public's help identifying those involved. The department has set up a portal where witnesses can upload video of the shooting. The public can also call (916) 808-5471 or (916) 443-4357 to submit tips anonymously, with a reward of up to $1,000 for information.

“What happened last night is the biggest and most recent example of what we all know — gun violence is truly a crisis in our community and has increased not only here in Sacramento but across the nation,” Lester said.

Lester said there are no suspects in custody, and she asked for the public's help identifying those involved. The department has set up a portal where witnesses can upload video of the shooting. The public can also call (916) 808-5471 or (916) 443-4357 to submit tips anonymously, with a reward of up to $1,000 for information.

Police confirmed a stolen handgun was recovered at the scene, but did not provide additional details when asked at the press conference. Lester also said police suspect there were multiple shooters.

Video posted on Twitter shows a terrifying scene: individuals fighting near the corner of 10th and K streets, at the alleyway near a parking garage, then the sound of gunshots and dozens of people fleeing.

The area from 9th to 13th streets remains closed between L and J streets.

Video posted on Twitter shows a terrifying scene: individuals fighting near the corner of 10th and K streets, at the alleyway near a parking garage, then the sound of gunshots and dozens of people fleeing.

Law enforcement is urging people to avoid the area. The area from 9th to 13th streets is closed between L and J streets.

Leticia Fields-Harris was at the scene early Sunday morning. She said she got a call from her daughter that there was a shooting and to come downtown, as her husband, Sergio Harris, was possibly one of those shot.

She said Harris loved his kids and was a "happy person."

"He just loved living life and trying to make a difference, making a mark on himself, you know, being better," Fields-Harris said.

The family later confirmed to KCRA that Harris was one of the six people killed. Officials have not yet released the names of any victims.

Police are opening an information center for families of victims at City Hall, located at 915 I Street.

Berry Accius runs the Voice of the Youth nonprofit, which helps young people. He says he came downtown at 2:45 a.m. immediately after he heard about the shooting.

“When I first came, I saw a victim who was injured, draped in blood, and another person screaming about her son. … Another lady screaming, saying she saw her sister take her last breath,” Accius said.

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Emergency personnel walk near the scene of an apparent mass shooting in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, April 3, 2022.

He says he observed several victims looking for help on L Street near 10th Street, but that there was not immediately enough medical assistance for all the people injured.

Accius also noted that Sunday morning’s shootings come after other recent gun violence incidents in the central city and throughout Sacramento.

“If this is not a wake-up call for Sacramento and the things we need to do to change gun violence, I don’t know what is. We can’t keep on doing this, it’s too much,” he said.

'I'm heartbroken and I'm outraged'

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City Council member Katie Valenzuela speaks at a press conference after a shooting in downtown Sacramento.

At a morning press conference, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called the shooting a "senseless and unacceptable tragedy."

"Thoughts and prayers are not nearly enough. We must do more as a city, as a state and as a nation," Steinberg said. "This senseless epidemic of gun violence must be addressed. How many unending tragedies does it take before we begin to cure the sickness in this country?"

Later in the day, at the press conference with the police chief, downtown business leaders and community organizers, Steinberg called for more investment in youth programs, gang intervention and gun violence prevention. He also argued that the central city is safe, encouraging people to patronize restaurants and attend events.

The Sacramento Kings will play their scheduled game Sunday night at the Golden1 Center.

“We want to urge people to be safe, of course, but we don’t want to shut down either, because that would be the wrong response,” Steinberg said.

City Council member Katie Valenzuela, who's district the shooting took place in, fought back tears while she spoke about the shooting at the morning press conference.

"I'm heartbroken and I'm outraged," Valenzuela said. "Our community deserves better than this. I know this is a national epidemic, this is not unique to Sacramento, but we can stop it here. I believe we have the tools to do this … to say enough is enough. I will travel anywhere I need to travel and I will talk to whoever I need to talk to get these guns off these streets and to give our youth what they need to be successful, and that they don't get shot down on K Street while they're out trying to have a good time."

In a statement, Gov. Gavin Newsom offered his "heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and to the wider community impacted by this terrible tragedy."

“The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage,” Newsom wrote.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Nick Miller is an award-winning editor with more than 15 years of newsroom experience. Most recently, he served as a lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
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