Two wounded in gurudwara shooting in California’s Sacramento


Sacramento: Two people were wounded in a shooting that took place in a gurudwara in California’s Sacramento County on Sunday afternoon, reported local media. The wounded have been hospitalised and the police have said that the incident is not related to a hate crime.

County-based The Sacramento Bee reported that the shooting took place on Sunday afternoon at around 2.30 pm local time (3 am IST on Monday) at the Gurdwara Sacramento Sikh Society. At 3.30 pm, police officials were seen taking away two men from the parade, though their involvement in the shooting is yet to be confirmed.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Amar Gandhi told local media that a fistfight had broken out between two men on the temple premises, which escalated to a shooting. He told Sacramento-based TV station KCRA-TV that one of the suspects is in custody, while the second — an “East Indian man in his 20s or 30s” — is still at large.

“The individuals involved all seemed to know each other. It seemed very targeted in the fact that it wasn’t some random thing that posed any danger to the other patrons other than the shooting,” he told KCRA-TV, which said that there were around 10,000 people present.

“One suspect during that fight shot a friend of the other suspect,” Gandhi told local Fox40 news. “Once the other suspect, who didn’t get shot, gathered himself, he shot at the original shooter and then our second shooter ran off.” He added that the situation “looks very contained,” ruling out any further threats to the area or the parade.

As per the Fox40 report, one of the wounded is likely to be arrested for his involvement in the shooting.


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