Mass shooting in Sacramento leaves downtown on edge

ByShannon J. Cortes

Apr 3, 2022

The bustling section of downtown Sacramento turned into a crime scene early in the morning

SACRAMENTO, CA – K Street is an area filled with restaurants and bars leading to the Golden 1 Center. The mass shooting in downtown Sacramento left many on edge.

A worker at Koja Kitchen, a Korean-Japanese restaurant just down the street from where the shooting happened, said she was still at work around 2 a.m. when she heard the gunshots.

“You just saw a bunch of people flooding that way, and people were saying there was a shooting,” Leslie Gomez said.

The bustling section of downtown Sacramento turned into a crime scene in the early hours of the morning. Koja Kitchen closed about half an hour before the tragedy unfolded, but Gomez was still at work and feared for her safety when she heard gunshots ring out.

“I was really, really nervous,” she said.

Moments after the shooting, she said a large crowd ran inside the restaurant in panic.

“They were manning the doors and making sure no one related to the shooting was like coming through here, and everyone was just in chaos for a good 20 minutes trying to figure out what was going on and, as soon as things were happening, you kind of see officers fleeing to the scene,” she said.

The tragedy also happened hours before a major NBA game at the Golden 1 Center.

Nick Bryant’s friend was walking on 10th and K Street and ran for cover when the ball flew through the air.

“He almost got shot, but I’m glad he’s okay,” Bryant said.

Kings coach Alvin Gentry called the events “tragic”.

“It’s an incredible tragedy. I hope it doesn’t put a black eye on our city…It’s a shame that something like this can still happen nowadays in an environment where everyone really having fun, just trying to have fun and have a good time,” he said.

Two businesses on K Street have also spoken out about the violence. London Sacramento said the shooting happened a block from their business, but added that they would provide all possible information for the investigation.

“Our prayers are with the affected families and we continue to grieve with the Sacramento community,” the nightclub posted on Facebook.

El Santo Restaurant & Ultralounge wished the community healing after the act of violence downtown.

“We are devastated and at a loss (sic) for words about the mass shooting in downtown Sac. Thankfully our staff are safe. Our condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives. May they rest in peace,” the restaurant said. published, in part, on Facebook.

Richard Lewis, president and CEO of Broadway Sacramento, has worked to help revitalize K Street amid a recent rise in crime in the area.

“The thing is, we know Sacramento is trying very hard to put that image to rest and make sure people understand that downtown and, in particular, K Street is actually safe, and so things like it happens, it’s a bit of a setback,” Lewis said.

At the Safe Credit Union Performing Arts Center, two performances of “Wicked” are going on as planned.

“I know my audience feels safe and we have a significant police presence,” he said.

However, for Gomez and other K Street business owners, the shooting still makes them feel uneasy.

“Now we’re all going to be nervous for a little while. I feel like everyone here is going to be nervous for a little while,” Gomez said.

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