Six killed in California as mayor condemns gun violence as ‘our city’s plague’

Six people were killed and ten wounded in a shooting in the center of California the state capital of Sacramento, police have said.

Videos posted online showed people shouting and running in the street as they sought to escape the shooting in the busy city center in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were still searching for the shooter and no one was remanded in custody after the shooting, Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said.

“We are asking for the public’s help to help us identify the suspects in this and provide any information they can to help us resolve this,” Chief Lester said.

The shooting took place around noon. 02:00 local time (10:00 BST), she added, near the Golden 1 Center, an arena where Sacramento Kings basketball teams play and concerts take place.

“It was just awful,” community activist Barry Accius told affiliated ABC station KXTV as he described how he was called to the scene of the shooting around 2:30 p.m. “As soon as I walked up, you saw a chaotic scene, police everywhere, victims with blood all over their bodies, people screaming, people crying, people walking: ‘Where is my brother?’ Mothers crying and trying to identify who their child was. “

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Police said several blocks were closed while investigating, but released no details about the victims’ age or identity. Videos posted online showed people shouting and running in the street.

Reuters could not independently verify the footage.

‘The number of dead and wounded is hard to understand. We are awaiting more information on exactly what happened in this tragic incident, Mayor Darrell Steinberg said on Twitter.

“Rising gun violence is a scourge for our city, state and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it.”

The incident comes just over a month after a man shot and killed his three children and a fourth person before taking his own life in the same city.

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