SACRAMENTO, CA -Two people were shot dead and three were wounded in Old Sacramento Monday night.
Sacramento police spokeswoman Officer Michelle Gigante said the violence began inthe Sports Corner Cafe bar and spilled out into the street on the 1000 block of 2nd Street.
There was a fight and a man brandished a gun, firing several rounds at those in the confrontation, Gigante said.An employee tried to break up the fight.
A 30-year-old woman, a 35-year-old man and an employee in their 20s were shot, Gigante said. The man and employee died. The woman was shot in her lower body. She was expected to survive.
An armed security guard who was near a side door heard gunshots, confronted the shooter inside the bar and exchanged shots with him, Gigante said. Both were shot.
The gunman, still armed with the gun, ran from the bar toward streets that were crowded with revelers for New Year's Eve and a fireworks display that hadconcluded just minutes before.
Gigante said the 22-year-old man was immediately taken into custody by responding police. He and the security guard were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
Police were withholding the identity of the suspectwhile the investigation continues.
Two guns were recovered from the scene by police.
The first report of gunshots came in at approximately 9:38 p.m.
A second fireworks show scheduled for midnight was canceled.
Shortly after 8 on New Year's morning, fireworks from the canceled midnight show were set off in order to properlydispose of them, according to event organizers.
The Sacramento Police Department urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.