Five people were shot, one of whom was killed, early Monday in downtown Sacramento, police said – the second mass shooting downtown in three months.
Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said the shooting happened outside the Mix Downtown nightclub on 16th and L streets when the club was closed.
“What we know now is very limited and we hope to share more as this investigation continues,” Lester said. “In the end, we had five people shot when a nightclub was operating in our area.
“Out of the five, one has unfortunately passed away, and the other four are being treated at area hospitals,” she said.
Family and friends identified the deceased as Greg Najee Grimes, 31 years old, a former football star at Boise State University has returned home to train and teach at Inderkum High School.
Lester said police received the first call about the shooting at 1:51 a.m. and police believe the shooting took place outside along 16th Street, where dozens of blue evidence markers are located along along the roadway and on both sides on 16th Street between L and K streets. .
“This appeared to be on the outside and seems to have happened on the street,” Lester said.
No suspects are in custody and police are seeking the public’s help to determine what may have caused the violence. Lester said police did not know if there was more than one gunman.
Lester said the department is looking for tips and videos from the public and posted a QR code for agency social media pages to allow the public to share any information.
‘I know it’s not fireworks’
Corey Everett, 25, said he was inside the Mix club early Monday when he heard several gunshots.
“Someone said it was fireworks, but I knew it wasn’t,” Everett said. “Everybody ran. I was a little apprehensive, but I wasn’t that scared just for a few months. It happened before. “
Everett, who was on the scene at 6 a.m. trying to retrieve his car from inside the recording area, said police arrived almost immediately.
“They got there really, really fast,” said Everett, a delivery driver who was celebrating a friend’s birthday at the club on Sunday night.
Everett said he thought the shooting happened inside the club, and he heard “just a loud bang. Bang, bang, bang. “
Everett said he and his friends were on the second floor of the club and ran to the back when security told them to get behind the table.
In the end, everyone in the club was let out through the back door, he said.
Bill Keely, a Land Park resident who was out for a bike ride Monday morning, returned to the police tape to ask what had happened, and said shootings like Monday’s wouldn’t stop him. Cycling regularly.
“You can’t be controlled by this,” Keely said. “You try to use it as cautiously as possible. But you can’t let these people control your life.”
The following shooting an April 3 shooting in the city center killed six people and 12. The three suspects – brothers Smiley and Dandrae Martin and Mtula Payton – face murder and other charges in that case.
“Whether it was a mass shooting or a riot that resulted in a death, the root cause was the same,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. “The prevalence of guns and the lack of adequate social and mental health support in our country mean that more and more people are armed and ready to pull the trigger. We all know this.
“I fully support our new Sheriff Kathy Lester as she makes her debut Strong efforts to bring guns to the streets and partner with community-based organizations to intervene before someone shoots. I also urge voters and elected officials at all levels of government to treat gun violence as an emergency that requires an immediate and effective response.”
Bee’s Joe Davidson contributed to this story.
This story was originally published July 4, 2022 5:41 am.