SACRAMENTO, CA – Two people are dead three injured following a fight in the Sports Corner Cafe off of K and Second streets in Old Sacramento just hours before midnight 2013. police say two people are dead and three others injured following a shooting in Old Sacramento tonight.
Because of the shooting, Sacramento police decided to cancel the midnight fireworks show planned as part of New Year’s Eve festivities.
Some 40,000 people, including families with young children, had gathered for fireworks show, which was to begin at approximately 9 p.m.
A number of witnesses reported that they heard shots and immediately ran for cover.
Michele Gigante, a public information officer said police were already patrolling the area when they heard shots fired at 9:38 p.m.
She said a fight in the Cafe spilled out onto the street and that five people were shot.
“We don’t know if shots were fired inside of the restaurant or outside of the restaurant,” Gigante said.
Gigante said she did not know the gender or age of the victims, nor was any information available regarding suspects.
A police helicopter flew over the area announcing the cancellation.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson tweeted that he spoke with Sacramento police, “They’re still sorting things out but there’s no indication of any outstanding suspects.”
Police had people move out of Old Sacramento for the night.
Mike Testa of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau confirmed the midnight fireworks show was canceled at the request of the police department.
KOVR, a CNN affiliate reported that they spoke to one witness that say a man being taken into custody. However, it’s not clear if he was connected with the shooting.
“They had one person in an ambulance and one person in a cop car,” a woman told the station.
“I saw the gun in the hand. He was just screaming and shooting,” said another.
Sacramento authorities responded with mounted police, squad cars and fire trucks to block off the crime scene, according to news reports.
The last information we received indicated that the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals.
Once further information is known, the Guardian Express will update this breaking news.
D. Chandler contributed to this story