A married father-of-three and his cousin are among the six people identified as victims of a massacre that also left 12 injured outside a bar in Sacramento.
Multiple gunmen fired 250 bullets in California’s capital in the early hours of Sunday morning, claiming the lives of three women – Johntaya Alexander, 21; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21 – and three men – Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; married father-of-three Sergio Harris, 38; and his cousin, Devazia Turner, 29.
‘They were cousins … Sergio and DeVazia were cousins,’ Turner’s father, Frank Turner, told Fox 40. ‘There’s just nothing to say. I’m just here. I’m grief, that’s all — grief. You know what I’m saying? That’s all I can say.’
The killings happened in the city’s lively entertainment district in the early hours of Sunday after a brawl broke out on 10th street outside a number of popular bars. Twelve people were wounded and authorities were still searching Monday for at least two shooters.
Police said an unidentified gunman in a car opened fire into the crowd before fleeing. A second person fired a gun but authorities do not yet know if he was in the crowd or in the car.
Witness video showed rapid gunfire of at least 76 shots ringing out over the course of 54 seconds as people screamed and ran for cover. However, DailyMail.com photos revealed more than 250 shots were fired, as evidenced by markers at the crime scene.
An 18-year-old woman, staying in a fourth floor room at the nearby Citizen Hotel, said she saw a man running while firing a gun, noting she could see flashes from the weapon in the darkness as people ran for cover.
Sergio Harris, left, and DeVazia Turner, right have been named as two of the six people killed during a mass shooting outside a Sacramento bar in the early hours of Sunday
Johntaya Alexander, who turned 21 last year, was among the three women killed in Sunday’s massacre
Witness video showed rapid gunfire of at least 76 shots ringing out over the course of 54 seconds as people screamed and ran for cover
Bystander video shows the moment rapid gunfire struck in downtown Sacramento early Sunday morning. A large group of people are seen outside a bar in an apparent fight, yelling and pushing each other. The fight breaks up as shots are fired into the crowd, causing people to duck and run
DailyMail.com photos revealed the destruction spanned two city blocks, with markers indicating that more than 250 shots were fired
The body of a man lies on a sidewalk in downtown Sacramento Sunday, next to the remains of a woman. Those corpses lay there for at least 15 hours in 80f weather as cops probed the shooting in the early hours of Sunday
Harris’ wife Leticia (center) and mother Pamela (right) weep after being informed that he was one of six killed in Sunday morning’s shooting
A police evidence technician photographs the crime scene after an early-morning shooting in a stretch of downtown near the Golden 1 Center arena
Police said the investigation is still ‘very preliminary’ and it is unclear if the victims were deliberately targeted, pictured helping a victim at the scene on Sunday morning
The shootings took place in downtown near the California State Capitol, outside a number of popular bars on 10th Street
Bystander video shows the moment rapid gunfire struck in downtown Sacramento early Sunday morning.
A large group of people are seen outside a bar in an apparent fight, yelling and pushing each other. The fight breaks up as shots are fired into the crowd, causing people to duck and run.
Screaming civilians are seen hiding behind buildings and in alleyways, taking cover behind dumpsters, as the gunmen continue to fire shots. Seventy-six shots are heard in the 54 second clip.
After the gunfire seemingly ceases, sounds of car horns and sirens fill the air.
Another video, shared Monday morning on the TODAY Show, shows bystanders racing away as shots are fired into the crowd. A white vehicle rush past the the group as chaos erupts in the streets.
It is unclear if the vehicle pictured in the footage belonged to the suspect and authorities did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Police are still searching for ‘multiple’ suspects and believe at least two guns were fired. They recovered a stolen handgun at the scene.
‘We are asking for the public’s help,’ Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said Sunday. ‘If anyone saw anything, has video or can provide any information to the police department, we are asking for their assistance.’
A law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times that the shooting involved gang members and associates.
Another video, shared Monday morning on the TODAY Show, shows bystanders racing away as shots are fired into the crowd. A white vehicle rush past the the group as chaos erupts in the streets
It is unclear if the vehicle pictured in the footage belonged to the suspect
The female victim’s foot can be seen just above the pink item of clothing. Six were killed in Sunday’s shooting – three men and three women, with two victims so-far identified
A cloth covered in what appears to be dried blood lies close to two shell casings in downtown Sacramento
Joe Biden’s Sacramento statement in full
Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence. In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible.
I want to thank the first responders in Sacramento, and all those across the United States, who act every day to save lives.
We know these lives were not the only lives impacted by gun violence last night. And we equally mourn for those victims and families who do not make national headlines.
President Joe Biden released a statement mourning the death of six at a shooting outside a Sacramento bar and called for legislative action to curtail gun violence in America
But we must do more than mourn; we must act. That is why my Administration has taken historic executive action to implement my comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy — from standing up gun trafficking strike forces to helping cities across the country expand community violence interventions and hire more police officers for community policing.
We also continue to call on Congress to act. Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. Pass my budget proposal, which would give cities more of the funding they need to fund the police and fund the crime prevention and intervention strategies that can make our cities safer.
These are just a few of the steps Congress urgently needs to take to save lives.
Pop stars Alyson, 33, and AJ Michalka, 30, said their tour bus was caught in the crossfire
The victims’ bodies laid covered in the downtown streets for more than 18 hours Sunday as investigators processed the horrific scene.
Coroner’s officials removed the final three bodies around 8.30pm, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Chief Lester said the bodies remained on scene for such a lengthy amount of time ‘in order to maintain the integrity of a sprawling, complex crime scene.’
Harrowing DailyMail.com photos showed the body of one of the male victims and the foot of a second on the floor outside Pre Flite Lounge – one of two bars where a huge brawl kicked off in the minutes before the shooting happened.
Cheryl Keyes, 58, who lives above the bar told DailyMail.com on Sunday that the foot belonged to a woman who was lying on the street next to him, but largely out of view.
She said the bodies of a further two victims were also still on the street below her home and had been there all day, in spite of temperatures that topped out at 80f.
Keyes, distraught, said: ‘Those are people’s sons and daughters lying out there. I have six kids of my own and I can’t imagine how I’d feel if that were them.’
Pamela Harris, mother of victim Sergio Harris, saw her son’s body lying on the ground.
‘My child is out there on that ground, you know? This don’t make any sense and there’s other people’s children that’s out there on the ground. And they won’t tell us nothing, and it’s heartbreaking,’ she told Fox 40 on Sunday, as she cried. ‘It’s heartbreaking to see what’s going on out here.’
The gunfire startled sleeping guests at the Citizen Hotel, which included a wedding party and fans of the rapper Tyler the Creator, who performed a concert at Golden One Center hours earlier.
From her window on the fourth floor of the hotel, 18-year-old Kelsey Schar said she witnessed the shooting, alleging she saw a gunman running while firing shots.
Schar’s friend, Madalyn Woodward, said she saw a girl who appeared to have been shot in the arm lying on the ground. Security guards from a nearby nightclub rushed to help the girl with what looked like napkins to try to stanch the bleeding.
Steve Hicks, who attended Tyler’s show, told PBS that he was staying at the hotel with his fiancee and two daughters. The family did not hear the gunfire, but was awoken by the sounds of sirens.
Tyler, the Creator has not publicly commented on the incident.
Pop stars Alyson, 33, and AJ Michalka, 30, who held a concert in Sacramento Saturday night, said they were forced to take shelter during the shooting as their tour bus was caught in the chaos.
‘Our bus was caught in the crossfire but we sheltered in place and everyone in our touring group is ok. Thank you for everyone reaching out,’ the sisters tweeted on Sunday.
‘A reminder to keep your loved ones extra close today. We have to do something about gun violence in this country.’
The former Disney stars added: ‘All of our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives and those recovering today. We’re praying for the health care workers caring for them. We hope all our fans made it home safe.’
President Joe Biden called for new gun laws Sunday, just hours after the shooting.
‘Ban ghost guns,’ the president said. ‘Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.’
Biden, 79, thanked the first responders in Sacramento Sunday and then noted that it was likely they weren’t the only victims of gun violence across the country overnight, saying America needed to do something about it.
‘We equally mourn for those victims and families who do not make national headlines,’ he said in a statement. ‘But we must do more than mourn; we must act.’
He cited his administration’s work implementing gun reforms, including attempting to stop those trafficking firearms, plus expanding funds for police.
Biden implored Congress to pass his budget proposal, which ‘would give cities more of the funding they need to fund the police and fund the crime prevention and intervention strategies that can make our cities safer.’
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr slammed federal and local politicians for failing to pass ‘common-sense’ gun legislation as the nations mourns amid the lives lost in Sunday’s massacre.
‘I don’t think moments of silence are going to do anything,’ Kerr said during a Sunday press conference, The Hill reported. ‘At some point…our government has to decide are we going to have some common sense gun laws, it’s not going to solve everything, but it will save lives’
The basketball coach cited a gun control bill proposed by Congressman Mike Thompson, a California Democrat, that never made it to the Senate Chamber.
‘Despite the fact that 80 to 90 percent of Americans support background checks and you know, you think about all of the common sense laws we could and should put in place,’ Kerr argued.
‘If we had any guts, if our government had any guts, if people put others in front of their own career paths, you know, in front of their own reelection campaigns, in front of their own propaganda to manipulate people. It’s right there in front of us.’
Kerr also issued his condolences to the victims, their families and the city of Sacramento as a whole.
Cheryl Keyes, whose apartment overlooks the scene of the shooting, said four bodies were lying on the ground outside her home
Two women hug each other at the scene of a mass shooting in Sacramento on Sunday with the city in mourning after six were killed
A gunman with a semi-automatic rifle opened fired on a group of revelers fighting outside a bar (pictured)
Leticia Fields-Harris, whose husband Sergio Harris, 38, died in the mass shooting is seen crying near the crime scene on Sunday morning
Bloody cloths could still be seen littering the ground outside London, a popular Sacramento bar, late Sunday while at the far end – across the street from the California State Capitol – the families of the victims waited for news.
Most were too shattered to speak with DailyMail.com but Eunice Appling, whose cousin is Sergio Harris, 38, said she was devastated.
Appling, who was at the scene when the shooting happened, told DailyMail.com that her overwhelming memory was of ‘blood’. The multiple stitched up cuts on her forehead were, she said, caused when she tripped up while trying to get away.
Keyes told DailyMail.com she had spent time with Harris earlier that evening and said: ‘We had been there chatting and at the end he started calling me ‘aunty’.
‘He was a good guy. I never thought something like this would happen to him.’
Shattered glass lies on the sidewalk hours after Sunday morning’s shooting in Sacramento. Multiple suspects who used a machine gun are still on the loose, with 12 injured
A worried loved-one checked her phone for updates in the wake of Sunday’s shooting
A group of women console each other at the scene of the mass shooting in California with police still on the hunt for two gunmen
Harris had been out at the London nightclub before the shooting, his wife Leticia said Sunday. The couple have three children together.
Leticia and Harris’s mom, Pamela Harris, both combed the streets for information about their missing loved one before being given the bad news after his remains were discovered.
The women were seen sobbing after being informed of Harris’s death. Speaking before learning of her son’s fate, Pamela told NBC Bay Area: ‘We just want to know what happened to him. Not knowing anything is just hard to face.’
Turner’s father said his son had been out drinking at a bar on K Street around the time of his death. As their family navigates this tragedy, Frank said he wants the public to know the type of person Turner was.
‘He was being a good father. He’s a good father. That’s it. I don’t have another son … OK,’ Frank told the tv station.
Sacramento Police crime scene investigators place evidence markers on 10th street at the scene of the massacre
A Sacramento City Police Officer stands near a field of evidence markers following the horrific attack on Sunday
Sacramento police said shots rang out near 10th and J Streets, about two blocks from the capitol building, around 2am, prompting officers to rush to the scene.
Frank said the news of his son’s tragic murder had been broken brusquely by cops.
He said: ‘They [police] didn’t tell me nothing. They just confirmed that he’s a body over there.’
Turner’s mom Penny also told of how she’d received a call in the early hours of Sunday morning breaking the news of her son’s tragic death.
When police arrived to the area, known for its strip of nightclubs and bars, they found a large group gathered and six dead in the street. Ten other victims were transported to area hospitals by ambulance and private vehicles. Their conditions remain unknown.
Police Chief Kathy Lester, noting the investigation is still ‘very preliminary,’ said it is unclear if the victims were deliberately targeted, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Lester, calling the shooting ‘a really tragic, unfortunate situation,’ said the ‘complex is now secure’ but the gunman remains at large.
She has asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the tragedy.
At least six people were killed and ten injured after shots rang out in California’s capital city early Sunday morning, Sacramento police confirmed
Sacramento police said shots rang out near 10th and J Streets, about two blocks from the capitol building, around 2am. A gunman with a semi-automatic rifle opened fired on a group of revelers fighting outside a bar
Police work the scene on the corner of 10th and L street of a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours on April 3, 2022 in Sacramento
Public Safety News, an independent media agency that responded to the scene, reported that shots were fired around 2am, shortly after last call for bars in the area.
There are ‘victims all over the corner,’ a PSN journalist said in a Facebook live report.
Witnesses reported seeing a person in a car pull out a semi-automatic weapon and begin shooting into a crowd gathered outside the El Santo Restaurant & Ultralounge.
Multiple ambulances responded to the scene as paramedics provided CPR and other treatment to victims on the sidewalks while authorities ushered crowds of people to safety.
At least two videos circulating on social media captured sounds of shots fired.
Bystanders told California-based reporter Malik Earnest they heard more than fifty shots ring out before the gunman’s vehicle screeched away from the chaotic scene.
Family members of victims are seen embracing each other at the scene of Sunday’s mass shooting
Police officials investigate the scene dotted with bullet casings after a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento
Witnesses reported seeing a person in a car pull out a semi-automatic weapon and begin shooting into a crowd gathered outside the El Santo Restaurant & Ultralounge
A police vehicle is seen after an early-morning shooting in a stretch of the downtown near the Golden 1 Center arena in Sacramento
One of the videos shows multiple people fighting on the sidewalk as rapid gunfire strikes, prompting people to run through the streets.
Berry Accius, of Sacramento’s Voice of the Youth, told KXTV he arrived to the ‘chaotic’ scene around 2.30am.
‘A lot of victims with blood, just watching some of the families that didn’t know if their loved one was alive, running, trying to figure out what was happening, people distraught, people discombobulated,’ Accius said. ‘It was just horrific.’
‘I saw a young girl with a whole bunch of blood in her body, a girl taking off glass from her, a young girl screaming saying, ‘They killed my sister.”
The community activist also recalled a mother running up to the scene, asking: ‘Where’s my son, has my son been shot?’
Accius said the area, which is known for its nightlife, should’ve been a safe space.
‘I’m just shocked that somebody would come here to a place where it should be safe and do something as heinous as this with multiple victims, not only just shot but dead in our city,’ he added. ‘Right here in downtown, in a safe space.’
Police have asked members of the public to share any information and photos or video footage captured at the scene
A police officer ties barricade tape at the crime scene after an early-morning shooting in a stretch of downtown near the Golden 1 Center arena in Sacramento
Police are seen after an early-morning shooting in a stretch of the downtown near the Golden 1 Center arena in Sacramento
Authorities search area of the scene of a mass shooting with multiple deaths in Sacramento early Sunday morning
Paramedics provided CPR and other treatment to victims on the sidewalks while authorities ushered crowds of people to safety
Kay Harris, a Sacramento resident, said she was asleep when one of her family members called to say they thought her brother had been killed. He had reportedly gone out to London, a nightclub located on 10th Street.
‘Very much so a senseless violent act,’ she told the Associated Press.
Harris, 32, said she has been to the club a few times and described it as a place for ‘the younger crowd.’
California Governor Gavin Newsom, in a statement Sunday, described the shooting as ‘yet another horrendous act of gun violence’ in the state.
His administration is working with law enforcement ‘as we monitor the situation.’
Bystanders comfort each other at the scene after a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento
A sheet is used to block the view as the body of one of victims killed in a mass shooting is loaded into a coroner’s van
Members of the Coroner’s Office prepare to move one of the victims from the scene after a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento
‘What we do know at this point is that another mass casualty shooting has occurred, leaving families with lost loved ones, multiple individuals injured and a community in grief,’ Newsom said. ‘The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage.’
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg offered his thoughts to the community, while also promising that Lester has made battling gun violence a ‘top priority’.
‘Words can’t express my shock & sadness this morning. The numbers of dead and wounded are difficult to comprehend. We await more information about exactly what transpired in this tragic incident,’ he tweeted.
‘Rising gun violence is the scourge of our city, state and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it. Our new Police Chief, Kathy Lester, has made it a top priority, and I stand firmly behind her.’
California leaders have spoken out against gun violence in wake of the shooting
Sacramento City Council member Katie Valenzuela took to Twitter early Sunday morning to issue her support for the community amid the tragedy.
‘Around 2.30am, I got the call no elected official wants to get. Another shooting. More lives lost,’ she wrote.
‘The national gun violence epidemic has hit our community – again. I won’t release any specifics until @SacPolicedoes. Until then, please take care of each other.’
‘Horrified and deeply saddened by the gun violence we witnessed this morning in Sacramento,’ echoed U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, of California.
‘My prayers are with the victims and their families — and the entire Sacramento community. Our team is continuing to monitor the situation closely as we await further updates.’