A gunman has opened fire outside a restaurant in downtown Sacramento, killing at least six people and injuring nearly a dozen others, local officials and witnesses say. The suspect – whose identity was not immediately known – fled the scene.
The incident occurred at 2 a.m. on Sunday when police officers were called for an active shooter in the area of 10th Street and K Street in downtown Sacramento. It happened shortly after the last call for bars in the area.
Exact details about the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately known, but witnesses said a man in a car fired at a crowd near El Santo restaurant before fleeing the scene. As many as 50 gunshots – fired from an automatic weapon – were heard.
A video on social media showed that a fight was taking place at the time of the shooting, but it’s unclear if the two events were linked.
“Officers located at least 15 shooting victims, including six who are deceased,” a spokesperson for the Sacramento Police Department said in a statement. Victims were found at multiple locations in the downtown area, possibly after fleeing the initial scene.
“Please avoid the area as a large police presence will remain and the scene remains active,” police said in a statement. The identity of the suspect was not immediately known and police have not released any details about a possible motive.