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Sacramento reeling after New Year's Eve double slaying

January 1, 2013 |  6:53 pm

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson expressed shock at the New Year's Eve slayings of two people in the crowded Old Sacramento area.

"I was shocked and saddened by the news of last night’s shooting in Old Sacramento," he said in a statement.

“While this is a tragic start to the new year, we must keep in mind that this was an isolated incident that is not typical for Old Sacramento, which hosts thousands of tourists each year and many successful events and festivities," the statement said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families who lost loved ones last night.”

The incident, which occurred about 9:40 p.m. inside a bar at 2nd and K streets, left three others injured, Sacramento police said in a statement. A male employee in his 20s, who tried to break up the fight, and a 35-year-old man died at the scene, police said.

Once the shooter opened fire, an armed security guard staked out at the bar’s side door confronted him and the two exchanged gunfire, police said.

The armed suspect, an unidentified 22-year-old man, ran out of the bar but was immediately taken into custody and hospitalized for gunshot wounds, police said. The security guard and an unidentified woman were also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Old Sacramento is a popular tourist destination.

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