At Least 6 People Killed In Downtown Sacramento Shooting; Local Political Leaders Speak Out
Sacramento is on high alert after a mass shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning killed at least six individuals. Witnesses said some of the victims had visited London nightclub.
This incident near the California State Capitol marks the biggest mass shooting in the history of the City of Sacramento. A graphic video on social media shows a crowd fighting moments before shots rang out. At least eighteen individuals were shot. While six victims succumbed to their injuries immediately, twelve were taken to local hospitals including UC Davis Medical Center and Sutter General Hospital.
No arrests have been made so far. To collect evidence, an online portal was created to upload evidence.
“If anyone saw anything, has video, can provide any information to the police department we are asking for their assistance.”
Police Chief Lester was unable to release any information about why the victims were targeted or what caused the tragedy.
Berry Accius, didn’t witness the shooting but arrived shortly after it had taken place.
“A lot of victims with blood. Just watching some of the families that didn’t know if their loved one was alive, running, trying to figure out what was happening, people distraught, people discombobulated. It was just horrific.”Berry Accius, Community Activist
Sergio Harris’ family confirmed to news media that he was one of the six people killed. According to Facebook posts, his cousin David Jackson was also killed. Family members reported DeVazia Turner to also be one of the victims. So far the victims of the tragedy have been identified by family members as Sergio Harris (38), DeVazia Turner (29), David Jackson, Ricardo Ignacio and Johntaya Anderson (21). The sixth victim has yet to be named.
“My son was a very vivacious young man. Fun to be around, liked to party, smiling all the time. Don’t bother people. For this to happen is crazy. I’m just to the point right now, I don’t know what to do. I don’t even feel like this is real. I feel like this is a dream.”Pamela Harris, Mother of shooting victim Sergio Harris
Local Political Leaders React
“We once again mourn the lives lost and for those injured in yet another horrendous act of gun violence. The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage.Governor of California Gavin Newsom
“Our hearts are broken as we learn of the tragic mass shooting in Sacramento. Please lift the victims, their families, and Sacramento in prayer. This is a sad day for our region. Elk Grove loves you Sacramento.”Mayor of Elk Grove Bobbie Singh-Allen
“My heart hurts for my childhood community of Sacramento. My condolences to the families of all the victims. We stand in solidarity and support of our northern neighbors.
Despite this senseless and horrible act, I know Sacramento is a resilient community and together, they and our region will get through this. ”Elk Grove Vice Mayor Darren Suen
“Please keep the families and friends of the victims of the horrendous shooting in Sacramento in your hearts. Sending my condolences to all who were impacted by this.
What a sad day for our region as we, once again, mourn lives lost from gun violence.”Cosumnes CSD Board President Jaclyn Moreno
Sacramento City Hall was opened as an information center for families of victims. Authorities closed off the area between 9th Street to 13th Street between L Street and J Street. Since at least six people were killed, authorities will take some time to carefully gather evidence for what is sure to be, undoubtedly, a very complex and multi-faceted investigation.
The shooting comes a month after five people were killed when a man opened fire at a Sacramento church and killed his three children, and then committed suicide. A fifth person also died in that shooting.
The Elk Grove Tribune sends our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of the victims.