The shooting happened a few blocks from the state capitol building.
At least 16 people were shot, six of them fatally, early Sunday in downtown Sacramento, Calif., and police said no suspects were in custody.
The Sacramento Police Department said several streets in downtown Sacramento within blocks of the State Capitol building and the Golden 1 Center where the Kings NBA team plays were closed as officers responded to armed violence. The conditions of the victims were not immediately known, police said.
The shooting erupted around 2 a.m. near the corner of 10th and K Street in a popular nightlife district, Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said at a news conference.
Lester said officers were in the area and heard the shot.
“We had a big crowd in the area. We don’t know if it was part of a club or an event,” Lester said.
She said officers responded immediately and began providing medical aid to the victims.
Lester said six people were shot and killed and 10 others were injured and taken to hospital.
Lester asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting, saying no one was in custody.
Community activist Berry Accius of Voice of the Youth said he arrived at the scene around 2:30 a.m. after a city council member called him about the shooting.
“It was just awful” Accius told ABC affiliate station KXTV in Sacramento. “As soon as I arrived you saw a chaotic scene, police everywhere, victims with blood all over their bodies, people screaming, people crying, people saying, ‘Where’s my brother?’ Mothers crying and trying to identify who their child was.”
Video posted to Twitter showed people running down the street as the apparent sound of rapid gunfire could be heard in the background.
“Please avoid the area as a heavy police presence will remain and the scene remains active,” police officials said in a statement.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg posted a message on Twitter, saying, “Words cannot express my shock and sadness this morning. The number of dead and injured is difficult to understand. We await further information on what exactly happened in that tragic incident.”
In a second tweet, Steinberg added, “Rising gun violence is the blight of our city, state and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it. Our new Chief of Police, Kathy Lester has made it a top priority, and I’m firmly behind it.”
This is a developing story. Please check for updates.