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Two Dead Following Downtown Sacramento New Year's Eve Shooting

It appears to have been random; the midnight fireworks display is canceled.


(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Sacramento police say two people were killed in a shooting that happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. tonight near 2nd and K St, at an event held to commemorate the new year. Approximately 35,000 people were in the area. The crowded gathering saw many people suddenly trying to determine what was taking place.

One witness told KCRA Channel 3 News that eight shots were clearly heard, and that the shots were not something they could easily have confused with fireworks.

A Sacramento Police helicopter kept an eye on the scene from the sky as police told the crowd that the gathering for the large scale fireworks event was being canceled.

This is the event's 12th year.

Sacramento police confirm that two are dead, and three are being treated for injuries.

One witness told KCRA, "All of a sudden we heard gunshots, a guy went into a hookah shop and started shooting, and then he fired at people on the sidewalk". The same witness stated, "One man had a baby in a stroller and he threw the stroller with the baby it! Other parents were laying on the sidewalk on top of their children."

It happened apparently near where several Hark Krishna's were gathered. Apparently the armed man was taken into custody, but that is not clear.


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