Video showing beginning of Sacramento mass shooting goes viral

Six people were fatally shot and another 12 were wounded following a shoot-out in downtown Sacramento, California early Sunday morning, according to Fox News.

Individuals flooded out of area bars and restaurants when gunshots from multiple individuals rang out around 2 a.m., according to local officials.

“We know that a large fight took place just prior to the shooting and we have confirmed that there are multiple shooters,” Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said at a press conference on Sunday afternoon.

Investigators are combing through hundreds of pieces of evidence from several blocks, including surveillance video and footage from individuals, of the event that ended in the deaths of three women and three men.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, they are aware of at least one video on social media that appears to show a fight before the shooting and encouraged members of the public to submit any evidence they have.

“We have video from our police camera at 10th and K Street that captured portions of the shooting and we have received multiple videos and tips from members of the public. We are deeply grateful for that and I want to thank the public for their assistance,” Chief Lester said Sunday.

One handgun was recovered at the scene and is believed to have been stolen, but there are no suspects in custody at this time.

“I have every confidence that Chief Lester and the hardworking men and women of the police department are going to find who was responsible,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said Sunday.

Officials from both Mayor Steinberg and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s offices have called for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting.

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

This event makes the second mass shooting in the state capital this year, and the city saw 55 murders in Sacramento in 2021, a 31% increase over 2020, according to Sacramento Police Department data as reported by Fox News. Overall, homicides were up 17% last year in four of California’s major cities – Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco.

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