A birthday celebration for a baby held at a Sacramento park took a turn for the worse when a gunman opened fire killing one person and injuring six others. A child was among those that were injured during the tragic event.
The incident took place on Saturday at around 5:00 p.m. in Peregrine Park in northern Sacramento.
Officer Doug Morse told the Sacramento Bee that attackers walked up to the birthday party and opened fire, then fled the scene in a car.
A man that was in his 20’s was the victim that died at the scene. Police say he is believed to have been a gang member, which may explain why the horrific event took place. His name has not been released to the media at this time.
Morse said that six other people – including a seven-year old child – received non-threatening injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.
“Our gang detectives were called out so we are going to try to get to the bottom of that,” Police Officer Doug Morse told local media during a briefing at the scene.
Dozens of witnesses were in the park at the time of the attacks, Morse said. Witnesses describe hearing dozens of shots being fired and watching people dive to the grass for cover under picnic tables and playground equipment.
“I just dove to the ground. There was about 25-30 shots that rang out, everyone was screaming and yelling and just running all hysterical,” one witness told CBS affiliate KMAX-TV.
Police said California gang and homicide detectives were investigating the incident but believe that it might have been a gang-related shooting.
The group had gathered together at the Sacramento park to celebrate a child’s first birthday.