Sacramento mass shooting: Witnesses describe chaos as gunshots ring out on downtown street

ByTim Johns KGO logo
Monday, April 4, 2022
Witnesses describe chaotic moments of Sacramento mass shooting
Witnesses recount the terrifying moments early Sunday morning where six were shot dead and 12 injured on the streets of downtown Sacramento.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Terrifying moments early Sunday morning on the streets of downtown Sacramento.

Chaos unfolding as several rounds of gunfire rung out near 10th and L Streets.

Witnesses described the scene.

"We were right there on that wall, over there, like just linked up against the wall. And it had happened right down there across the street. And then we had just turned in the alley and then everybody was running against each other, like running into each other and, yeah, it was just crazy," said witness, Asa Pickett.

One man with a bullet hole through his car.

"I heard gunshots. And then after the gunshots I heard people just start diving down on the ground, and falling down, and next thing I know, someone fell in front of my truck," said Gerrard Smith.

Sacramento police say six people died.

12 more were shot and suffered injuries to varying degrees.

VIDEO: At least 2 shooters kill 6, wound 12 in Sacramento mass shooting, police say

At least two shooters opened fire early Sunday in Sacramento in the city's second mass shooting in five weeks, killing six and wounding 12 others.

"We know a large fight took place before the shooting and we have confirmed multiple shooters," said Sacramento police chief, Katherine Lester.

Police say they did recover a stolen gun at the scene.

The events have shocked the Sacramento community from the upper echelons of powers, down to everyday citizens.

"We want people to come downtown and safely. And people should come downtown," said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

On Sunday night, several gathered in a local park to honor the victims and call for change.

"We're devaluing human life, you know. People are becoming desensitized by these murders. You're seeing this happen so often, so frequently," said community activist, Stevante Clark.

Clark, along with others in attendance, implored the community to remember these events long after the initial shock wears off.

"In a week from now, all of the cameras are going to be gone. All the hype is going to be gone. There's not going to be this much," Clark said.