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Six Killed, 12 Hurt in Early Morning Shooting in Downtown Sacramento

Updated: Apr 4

Six people were killed and 12 injured in a mass shooting early Sunday as bars and nightclubs were closing in downtown Sacramento. Police were searching for at least two suspects, the Associated Press reports. Police Chief Kathy Lester said police were patrolling the area at about 2 a.m. when they heard gunfire. When they arrived at the scene, they found a large crowd gathered on the street and six people dead. Another 10 either took themselves or were transported to hospitals.


Kelsey Schar, 18, was staying on the fourth floor of Citizen Hotel when she said she heard gunshots. She walked to the window and “saw a guy running and just shooting.” Madalyn Woodard, 17, staying at the same hotel, saw a crowd of people sprinting down the street. She saw one girl who appeared to have been shot in the arm and lying on the ground. Security guards from the nightclub rushed to help her. Lester called it “a very complex and complicated scene.” Video was posted on Twitter that showed people running through the street amid the sound of rapid gunfire. The shooting two blocks from the state Capitol was decried by top political officials. Gov. Gavin Newsom 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.”

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