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What to know about the Sacramento shooting

Six people were killed and at least a dozen injured in downtown Sacramento on Sunday in what authorities say was the largest mass shooting in the city’s history.

The tragedy comes about a month after another shooting in the Sacramento area in which a man shot and killed his three children outside a church. It is an explosion of violence that reflects a national trend.

“What happened last night is the biggest and most recent example of what we all know: gun violence is truly a crisis in our community – and has increased not just here in Sacramento, but across the country,” Kathy Lester, the Sacramento police chief, said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.

Across the country in 2022, there were five mass murders — defined as the killing of four or more people, according to Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that collects data on shootings. Three of them were in California.

Many state officials took advantage of the weekend shooting to renew calls for legislation targeting gun violence. Earlier this year, Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a bill this would allow residents to sue gun manufacturers.

“Sadly, we once again mourn the lives lost and injured in yet another horrific act of gun violence,” Newsom said in a statement on Sunday, adding, “We must resolve to end this carnage.”

Sunday’s shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. as people walked out of closing clubs in downtown Sacramento. Lester said when officers responded to the scene, they found a large crowd and at least half a dozen people shot “in a truly tragic situation.”

She said multiple shooters were involved and police recovered at least one firearm, a stolen handgun. Although it is unclear what led to the violence, police said they are investigating an altercation that took place earlier. (Officials ask people to share all videos possibly related to the shooting.)

Authorities have not released further details about the victims or their conditions. My colleagues reported that on Sunday afternoon the sidewalks outside the clubs were covered in broken glass and littered with dozens of casings as officers sifted through what Lester described as a complex crime scene.

“I have a son over there under a blanket,” Fred Harris, 63, a Sacramento resident, told The New York Times. He said he was woken in the middle of the night by a phone call from his daughter, who, sobbing, said her son, Sergio Harris, 38, was among those killed.

Leticia Harris, 35, the wife of Sergio Harris, said he was a landscaper with three children aged 5 to 11. He had no connection to the shooting, she said, other than being caught in the crossfire.

“He was a happy guy, a family guy, he loved his kids,” she said. “He was just having fun in a pub.”

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Midwesterners move to Los Angeles. Which house to choose?

Today’s tip comes from Jerry Borgé, whose favorite place in California is Dodger Stadium:

“I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the fall of 2003. Pacific Bell Park (now known as Oracle Park) debuted as the home of the Giants in 2000. I’ve attended several Giants games from 2000-2003 and enjoyed the great views of the Bay Bridge and Oakland from the top deck.

One spring afternoon in 2004, I went to the box office on the upper deck of Dodger Stadium to pick up tickets to a Dodgers game. I had no idea the upper deck would be open to the public, so after having tickets in hand, I took a look around the grounds. I grew up watching my hometown Houston Astros play many games in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s as they were division rivals. I’ve always loved the design (what I now know as mid-century modern) of the outdoor pavilion and the iconic character of the 56,000 seat venue. However, I didn’t realize until I saw it in person that there are mountains behind the stadium that can be seen from the storeroom level and the upper deck. Dodger Stadium can only be seen from certain vantage points as it is nestled in the Chavez Ravine.

The ballpark is now 60 years old (the third oldest in the major leagues) and thankfully the owner has been constantly making improvements to this architectural gem. I’ve been to over 20 MLB ballparks and Dodger Stadium is definitely my favorite, not to mention my happy place in LA.

Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to [email protected] We will share more in future editions of the newsletter.

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This spring, the Yurok Tribe of far northern California will reintroduce California condors to the wild.

Large vultures once lived throughout California, but were wiped out in the early 20th century.

The tribe plans to release four young condors into Redwood National and State Parks this year, followed by six more per year over the next two decades, said Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the tribe’s wildlife department. Yurok, said WBUR.

“It almost feels unreal,” Williams-Claussen said. “What I envision is that moment when they’re a part of our lives again, and any moment I could look up and see them in the sky.”

Thanks for reading. I will be back tomorrow. — Soumya

PS Here today’s mini crosswordand a hint: draw one quick (4 letters).

Mariel Wamsley and Jonah Candelario contributed to California Today. You can join the team at [email protected].

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