“Right now, our investigators are arriving on scene,” Lester said in a briefing. “This is very, very preliminary, so we do not have a lot of details to share.”
The shooting occurred in an area lined with bars and restaurants, blocks from the State Capitol and the Golden 1 Center, where the Sacramento Kings play basketball. The venue hosted a concert by Tyler, the Creator on Saturday night. Lester said it was unclear whether the shooting was “associated with any particular club or event.”
Lester said police in the area heard gunshots at 2 a.m. local time and arrived at the intersection of 10th and K streets to find a “very large crowd” and several shooting victims.
Video posted on Twitter showed people running through the street as the sound of rapid gunfire could be heard in the background.
Police said in a tweet that a “large police presence will remain” at the scene. Lester said police have secured the site, describing it as “very complex and complicated.” Phone messages seeking comment were left with the police.
City officials have opened City Hall, which will to serve as an information center for victims’ families, with city staff and police on hand, the Sacramento Police Department announced.
“Words can’t express my shock & sadness this morning,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wrote on Twitter. “The numbers of dead and wounded are difficult to comprehend.”
Steinberg attributed the tragedy to the epidemic of gun violence, calling it “the scourge of our city, state and nation.”
“I support all actions to reduce it. Our new Police Chief, Kathy Lester, has made it a top priority, and I stand firmly behind her,” he said on Twitter.
Words can’t express my shock & sadness this morning. The numbers of dead and wounded are difficult to comprehend. We await more information about exactly what transpired in this tragic incident. (more)
— @mayor_Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) April 3, 2022
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement that his administration is monitoring the situation and working with state and local law enforcement.
“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 (D) said. “The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage.”
The violence in Sacramento unfolded just hours after a mass shooting in Dallas. At least 10 people were shot, with one reported dead, at an outdoor concert, according to the Dallas Police Department. Three of the victims were juveniles.
“A preliminary investigation determined that at the event, one individual fired a gun into the air, then another unknown individual fired a gun in the crowd’s direction,” the department said in a statement.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.