6 people dead, 10 injured in downtown Sacramento mass shooting: Police

Police warn public to avoid the area

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Police in Sacramento say six people are dead and 10 injured after a shooting in the city's downtown area early Sunday morning.

Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said Sunday officers were patrolling the downtown area at about 2 a.m. when they heard gunfire. 

They found a large crowd gathered on the street when they arrived on the scene, and six people dead. Ten other people were either transported or took themselves to a hospital. No information was given on their conditions.

Police alerted the public on Twitter that streets in downtown Sacramento near where the shooting unfolded were closed off.

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Videos on social media show ambulances on the scene. 

One video on Twitter appeared to show people running through the street as the sound of gunfire could be heard in the background. 

One man, Berry Accius of Sacramento's Voice of the Youth, said he got to the scene around 2:30 a.m. and described it as "chaotic." 

"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 told WUSA 9. "It was just horrific." 

"Please avoid the area as a large police presence will remain and the scene remains active," Sacramento police said on Twitter early Sunday. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.