By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent
The number of dead and wounded in the vicinity of 10th and K streets made it the worst mass shooting in Sacramento’s history, local media reported.
Witnesses said it transformed a section of the city usually teeming with nightlife into a horrific crime scene of blood, shattered glass, and grieving relatives.
Police Chief Kathy Lester said the shooting, which followed a fight, left three men and three women dead. Officers recovered a stolen handgun at the scene, she said, and “we have confirmed there were multiple shooters.”
She told reporters there were no suspects in custody Sunday afternoon and stressed that the investigation was at its earliest stage. She said police cameras in the vicinity could “capture portions of the shootings.”
The shootings took place around the 1000 block of K Street, near a strip of nightclubs close to such Sacramento landmarks as Golden 1 Center and the state Capitol. “We know that a large fight took place just prior to the shootings,” added Lester, who was sworn in as chief two weeks ago. She called the level of violence “unprecedented in my 27 years with the Sacramento Police Department.”
Television footage showed a massive police presence in the area of the U.S. state. They were asking for the public’s help identifying who was responsible for the shootings. The incident has underscored broader concerns about reported rising violent crime rates across several U.S. cities.
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