Sacramento mass shooting: 6 killed identified as police hunt for suspects
On Monday, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the six deceased victims:
–Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32
— Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21 years old
— Devazia Turner, 29
The tragedy has devastated the families of the victims, bewildered the community and angered those frustrated by another mass shooting.
“And for that to happen, it’s crazy,” she said. “And I’m just at the point right now (where) I don’t know what to do. I don’t even think it’s real.”
In the aftermath of the violence, the motive and identity of the suspects remain unclear.
“Investigators are working to identify those responsible for this horrific act,” Sacramento Police Chief Katherine Lester said Sunday.
“We know that a big fight took place just before the shooting. And we have confirmed that there were several shooters.”
California Attorney General Rob Bonta urged the public to provide any information about the shooting.
“Enough is enough. The sickening gun violence plaguing our communities must end,” he said.
“There have been about as many mass shootings in America as days so far in 2022. My office continues its work to get illegal guns off our streets, hold those responsible for gun violence accountable, and put pressure on to – and defend in court – common sense gun laws. This work is urgent. We must act now.
A senseless mass tragedy
A large crowd had gathered near 10th and K streets when gunfire erupted around 2 a.m. Sunday, Lester said. But she said it was unclear whether the crowd was tied to a particular location or event.
Lester said a stolen handgun was among hundreds of pieces of evidence found at the scene.
The mass shooting took place in a busy downtown area, just blocks from the California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall and the Golden 1 Center, where the Sacramento Kings faced off the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.
“Obviously it’s an incredible tragedy. I hope it doesn’t take a bold look at our city because I think it’s a great place and a great place to be,” the official said. Sacramento Kings head coach Alvin Gentry.
“It’s unfortunate that something like this can still happen these days in an environment where everyone is having fun,” he said. “The gun thing needs to change. The accessibility of guns in general, but automatic weapons, is my personal opinion.”
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he thought it was appropriate for both teams to observe a moment of silence before the game.
“But I’ll be honest, this is probably the ninth or tenth moment of silence I’ve experienced as a Warriors coach, when we mourn the loss of people who died in mass shootings,” Kerr said. . “So I don’t think moments of silence are going to do anything.”
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough”
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said solutions — not good wishes — are needed to help change the trajectory of gun violence in America.
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” he said. “It’s high time to have a healthy conversation (about) guns in America. We have a disease – it’s a disease in our country, it’s a disease in our culture.”
He said Sacramento will continue to invest in programs that focus on early intervention and prevention of youth violence.
“In our city, we will take stock and we will do everything we can — on the investment side, on the public safety side, on the gun side — to protect the public,” Steinberg said.
And President Joe Biden said Sacramento was “another community devastated by gun violence” and called on Congress to act on gun control measures.
“In a single act in Sacramento, six people were killed and at least a dozen others injured,” Biden said in a statement. “Families changed forever. Survivors left to heal wounds seen and unseen.”
CNN’s Chuck Johnston, Hannah Sarisohn and Nikki Carvajal contributed to this report.