According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, two people were shot at a Gurudwara in Sacramento County, California on Sunday.
The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. (local time) at the Gurdwara Sacramento Sikh Society temple, according to the sheriff’s office. According to the sheriff’s office, both victims are in critical condition.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Amar Gandhi said the shooting is not related to a hate crime and described the incident as a shootout between two men who knew each other.
Sgt. Gandhi said three people were involved in a fight that escalated into a shooting. He said “suspect 2” was down when “suspect 1” shot suspect 2’s friend. Suspect 2 then shot suspect 1 before taking off.
“All participants in that altercation seemed to have known each other. This seems to have stemmed from something far before this,” Sgt. Gandhi added.
The incident is currently being investigated.
Notably, the United States has experienced back-to-back acts of gun violence in recent years, with numerous fatal shootings.
Gun violence has become all too common in the United States. And it is for this reason that President Joe Biden signed an executive order to increase the number of background checks performed during gun sales, calling it “common sense.”