SACRAMENTO MASS SHOOTING: Police say 6 killed, 12 others shot downtown; Biden calls for gun control

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CALIFORNIA – Investigators in Sacramento are searching for at least two suspects following a mass shooting early Sunday morning in the downtown area of the city — six people were killed and at least twelve others were injured.

Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said officers were patrolling the area around 2 a.m. when the gunfire broke out. When they arrived on the scene, they found a frantic crowd and six people deceased. Another 10 were taken to hospitals with their conditions unknown.

“This is a really tragic situation […] We are asking for the public’s help,” said Lester. “If anyone saw anything, has video or can provide any information to the police department, we are asking for their assistance.”

It was unclear what led up to the shooting and police didn’t reveal a possible motive.

The gunfire was caught on video.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wrote 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.”

President Joe Biden on Sunday night issued a statement calling for gun control after the tragedy: Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence. In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible.

I want to thank the first responders in Sacramento, and all those across the United States, who act every day to save lives. We know these lives were not the only lives impacted by gun violence last night. And we equally mourn for those victims and families who do not make national headlines.

But we must do more than mourn; we must act. That is why my Administration has taken historic executive action to implement my comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy — from standing up gun trafficking strike forces to helping cities across the country expand community violence interventions and hire more police officers for community policing.

We also continue to call on Congress to act. Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. Pass my budget proposal, which would give cities more of the funding they need to fund the police and fund the crime prevention and intervention strategies that can make our cities safer. These are just a few of the steps Congress urgently needs to take to save lives.

 

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