Wednesday August 10th, 2022 6:51PM

Police: At least 2 shooters kill 6, wound 12 in Sacramento

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — At least two shooters opened fire early Sunday in Sacramento in the city's second mass shooting in five weeks, killing six people and wounding 12 others as bars closed for the night and crowds emptied onto downtown streets, police said.

Three men and three women were killed, Police Chief Kathy Lester said. Their bodies remained on the pavement hours after the gunfire erupted around 2 a.m. Police sought clues from a crime scene that stretched across multiple city blocks as they searched for the shooters.

At least four of the wounded were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Authorities have not offered a possible motive and have so far identified only one victim, 38-year-old Sergio Harris, without providing a cause of death.

His sister Kay Harris, 32, told The Associated Press just hours after the shooting that she had been asleep when a family member called to say they thought her brother had been killed. She said she thought Sergio Harris had been at the London nightclub, which is near the shooting.

Pamela Harris, Sergio Harris’ mother, told The Sacramento Bee the family had not heard from him since the shooting.

“We just want to know what happened to him,” she said early Sunday. “Not knowing anything is just hard to face.”

Investigators pored through hundreds of pieces of evidence — much of it documented on the streets with blue and yellow markers — as officials begged the public to come forward with tips and videos that could help find the suspects.

Councilmember Katie Valenzuela, who represents the area, said she’s fielded many phone calls reporting violence in her district during her 15 months in office. She cried at a news conference as she told reporters that the latest phone call woke her up at 2:30 a.m.

“I’m heartbroken and I’m outraged,” she said. “Our community deserves better than this.”

Sunday’s violence was the third time this year in the U.S. that at least six people have been killed in a mass shooting, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University.

President Joe Biden called for action on gun crimes in a statement Sunday.

“Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” Biden said. “But we must do more than mourn; we must act.”

Sacramento has endured two mass shootings in the last five weeks . On Feb. 28, a father killed his three daughters, a chaperone and himself in a Sacramento church during a weekly supervised visitation. David Mora, 39, was armed with a homemade semiautomatic rifle-style weapon, even though he was under a restraining order that prohibited him from possessing a firearm.

The area where Sunday's killings occurred is on the outskirts of the city's main entertainment district and has many bars and restaurants. It's anchored by the Golden One Center that attracts big-name concerts and is home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. City officials have invested heavily in the area to promote development.

Videos on social media showed what appeared to be an altercation before the gunfire in California's capital city. Sgt. Zach Eaton, a police spokesperson, said investigators don’t know if that fight led to the shooting.

Kelsey Schar was staying on the fourth floor of Citizen Hotel when she said she heard gunshots and saw flashes in the dark. She walked to the window and “saw a guy running and just shooting,” Schar told the AP.

Her friend, Madalyn Woodard, said she saw a crowd in the street scatter amid the gunfire and a girl who appeared to have been shot in the arm lying on the ground. Security guards from a nearby nightclub rushed to help the girl with what looked like napkins to try to stanch the bleeding.

A video posted on Twitter showed people running through the street amid the sounds of rapid gunfire. Nightclubs close at 2 a.m. and it’s typical for streets to be full of people at that hour in the city of about 525,000 people, located 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Pop duo Aly & AJ performed Saturday at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre and their tour bus was caught in the gunfire, the musicians said on Twitter. No one in their touring group was hurt, the tweet said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement that his administration was working closely with law enforcement officials.

“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.

Berry Accius, a community activist, said he came to the scene shortly after the shooting happened.

“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.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in recent years it “has been a very difficult time in downtown Sacramento,” as the city’s development efforts took a hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

He added that the shooting “gives pause to our entire community,” but he urged people to continue visiting the area.


Associated Press writers David Klepper in Providence, Rhode Island, and Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines, AP Business
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Police: At least 2 shooters kill 6, wound 12 in Sacramento
Sacramento's police chief says there were multiple shooters in the mass shooting that killed six people and injured 12
6:46PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Police chief: Multiple shooters in Sacramento mass shooting
Sacramento's police chief says there were multiple shooters in the mass shooting that killed six people and injured 12
6:33PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Grammys live: Oscars slap gets mention at Grammy pre-show
Last week’s slap at the Oscars got some early laughs at the Grammys
6:32PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
California mass shooting: 6 dead, 12 injured in Sacramento
Six people have been killed and 12 injured in Sacramento in the second mass shooting in five weeks in California’s capital city
5:48PM ( 1 hour ago )
Jon Batiste wins 3 Grammy Awards in early ceremony
Jon Batiste has already taken home three Grammy Awards with his first-ever win coming as a tie
5:24PM ( 1 hour ago )
Early projections point to victory for Serbia's president
Early projections from pollsters indicate that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his populist right-wing party is headed to victory in Sunday’s national election
5:22PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
At DC roast, NH's GOP governor skewers Trump as 'crazy'
GOP Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire said Donald Trump is “crazy” and joked that if the former Republican president was admitted to a mental hospital, he’s not getting out
12:46PM ( 6 hours ago )
Oregon decriminalized drugs in 2020: How's it going?
There are mixed results so far from Oregon’s pioneering drug decriminalization law
12:15PM ( 6 hours ago )
Police say 6 dead, 10 injured in Sacramento shooting
Police in California are searching for at least one suspect in connection with a mass shooting early Sunday in downtown Sacramento that claimed six lives and left 10 other people injured
11:57AM ( 6 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
Sri Lanka's sports minister quits, Cabinet offers to resign
Sri Lanka’s sports minister and the president’s nephew, Namal Rajapaksa, has resigned from his position amid growing public outrage over the country’s economic crisis and shortages of food, fuel and medicines
4:14PM ( 2 hours ago )
Live updates | Resident: Motyzhyn mayor killed by Russians
A resident says the mayor of the Ukrainian town of Motyzhyn was killed in an execution-style slaying together with her husband and her son
2:55PM ( 3 hours ago )
Live updates | UK PM calls attacks in Ukraine "despicable"
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Russia’s attack on Ukranian civilians in towns on the outskirts of Kyiv “are yet more evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his army are committing war crimes in Ukraine.”
2:21PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Business
Police chief: Multiple shooters in Sacramento mass shooting
Sacramento's police chief says there were multiple shooters in the mass shooting that killed six people and injured 12
6:33PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Grammys live: Oscars slap gets mention at Grammy pre-show
Last week’s slap at the Oscars got some early laughs at the Grammys
6:32PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Ukraine accuses Russia of massacre, city strewn with bodies
Bodies with bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds and signs of torture lay scattered in a city on the outskirts of Kyiv after Russian soldiers withdrew from the area
6:29PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Hungary's pro-Putin PM Orban claims victory in national vote
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has declared victory in Sunday’s national elections, claiming a mandate for a fourth term as a still incomplete vote count gives a strong lead for his right-wing party
6:19PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Grammys live: Vicente Fernandez, Corea win posthumous honors
Chick Corea and Vicente Fernandez have each won posthumous Grammys
6:19PM ( 30 minutes ago )