SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One person was killed and four were wounded in a downtown Sacramento shooting early Monday morning.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, the shooting happened just before 2 a.m. as people were leaving a nightclub on the 1500 block of L Street.
Police say when they arrived on the scene, they found five men who were wounded. One of those men was pronounced dead at the hospital. The man killed was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 31-year-old Gregory Grimes.
The other four wounded men are being treated at local hospitals and were last reported to be in stable condition, according to the sheriff's office.
Corey Everitt was inside the bar when he heard gunshots.
"I could tell it was going intense as soon as everybody started running, people freaking out, crying and stuff, so... pretty wild," he said.
Sacramento Police say the information they have as to what happened is limited, and Chief Kathy Lester says a motive is unknown.
"Certainly we're looking at all aspects of this to try to determine what happened," she said.
The shooting comes nearly three months to the day when six people were shot and killed in what police say was a gang-related shooting just a few blocks away on K Street.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg says security was increased downtown as promised and called Monday's shooting a "terrible random event."
"You can't have a police officer on every corner. We have more police than we've had before. They're also using additional security. I know in these clubs where they are identifying people by drivers licenses and by clothing when they enter the clubs, and so all of these precautions are in place," said Steinberg.
Former Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn says law enforcement, the community, and lawmakers must come together to work on "real solutions."
"Sacramento is a great city, but for the last couple years we have seen a rise in violence. We have seen a rise in division and just things in the community that [are] very volatile," said Hahn.
Police are also asking for the community's help and are looking for any video evidence that might have been captured during the shooting.
Any evidence can be uploaded to the Sacramento Police Department Evidence Submission Portal HERE or can be given to the Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-4357. Sacramento Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 to any witnesses who have information regarding this investigation.
What we know about Greg Grimes:
The Natomas Unified School District said the victim, Greg Grimes, was an Inderkum High School staff member.
"We are saddened by the news of the passing of Greg Grimes," the district wrote in a statement. "Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and friends, and all the individuals he connected with through his work at Inderkum High School."
According to the Inderkum High School Football team's website, Grimes began coaching football at the school in 2017. Prior to his coaching career, Grimes graduated from Inderkum High School in 2008.
The Inderkum High School football team released a statement regarding Grimes' death:
Following his graduation from Inderkum High School in 2008, Grimes went on to graduate from Boise State University where he played on the football team.
“I, and the entire Boise State football family, are saddened to learn about the passing of Greg Grimes," Avalos wrote in a statement. "I was fortunate to coach him during his senior season. He was a member of the brotherhood who is gone way too soon. He will be missed.”
What city leaders are saying:
Mayor Darrell Steinberg released a statement about the shooting Monday morning:
"Whether it's a mass shooting or an altercation that turns deadly, the root cause is the same," Steinberg wrote in a statement. "The proliferation of guns and lack of adequate societal and mental health supports in our country means more people are armed and ready to pull the trigger."
Councilmember Katie Valenzuela also released a statement about the shooting Monday morning:
"On a day when we're meant to be celebrating our country, we find ourselves mourning another senseless act of gun violence on our streets," Valenzuela wrote in a statement. "To have this happen while we’re still recovering from the events of April 3 is heartbreaking, infuriating, and wholly unacceptable. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the man who was killed this morning, and I hope the other four victims see a fast recovery."
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