Crime & Justice

California shooting leaves 6 dead

Washington, Apr 3 (EFE).- A mass shooting on Sunday morning in Sacramento, California, left six people dead and 10 injured, local police in the California state capital reported.

The gunfire erupted about 2 am in the Sacramento downtown area, at the corner of 9th and K Streets, an entertainment district that was crowded with late-night partiers and bar-hoppers at that hour.

At a press conference, Sacramento police chief Kathy Lester said that, for the moment, police have taken no suspects into custody and do not know how many people were involved in the mass shooting.

No motive for the shooting is known as yet.

Authorities also do not know if the victims were deliberately selected – as part of a reprisal between gangs, for instance – or whether they were indiscriminately gunned down.

“This is very, very preliminary. We are asking for the public’s help in helping us identify any suspects,” Lester said.

Meanwhile, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said on Twitter that “The numbers of dead and wounded are difficult to comprehend. Rising gun violence is the scourge of our city, state and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it.”

The Sacramento police said on Twitter that entry into the area of the city between 9th and 13th Streets and J and L Streets is being prohibited while they conduct an investigation.

Videos posted online by cellphone users who were in the area at the time of the violence show people running in the street while gunfire can be heard in the background.

Various people in the area at the time reported hearing between 30 and 50 rapid-fire gunshots.

The area where the shootout occurred is near the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento, the arena where the NBA’s Sacramento Kings play and where numerous bars and restaurants are located.



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