At least six people have been killed and 10 others injured in a gunfight in downtown Sacramento, police in the California state capital have said.
People fled the streets after rapid gunfire erupted in an area full of restaurants and bars in the early hours of Sunday.
Police responded to gunfire and came across a “very large crowd,” said Police Chief Katherine Lester.
No suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings.
“It’s a truly tragic situation,” said Chief Lester.
The officer said investigators had arrived at the scene and urged the public to come up with any information that could help identify those responsible.
The shooting took place around 02:00 (09:00 GMT) in an area at the intersection of 10th and K streets, leading to Golden One Center, where Sacramento Kings play basketball.
The area is also just a few blocks from the State Capitol building.
Community activist Barry Accius arrived at the scene around 2:30 a.m. after a city council member called him about the shootings.
“The first thing I saw was casualties,” he was quoted as saying by CBS News.
“I saw a young girl with a pile of blood on her body, a girl taking the window off her, a young girl screaming, ‘They killed my sister.’ A mother running: “Where is my son, my son was shot?”
Kay Harris, 32, said she was asleep when one of her family members called to say they thought her brother had been killed. She said she thought he was in London, a nightclub on 10th Street. 1009, reports the Associated Press.
She said she had been to the club several times and described it as a place for the “young audience”.
The incident will certainly ignite the ongoing debate over armed violence and the prevalence of lethal weapons in American society.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg wrote on Twitter that the death toll was “hard to understand.”
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