Businesses in Old Sacramento are pondering the impact of a New Year’s Eve shooting that killed two people and injured three others including a suspected gunman and the security guard.
The historic tourist attraction has had its share of trouble during heavily attended events but not in recent years. The midnight fireworks show paid for by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau was cancelled and the area cleared around 9:30 p.m. An earlier fireworks show was completed before the shooting. The economic impact on businesses was immediate. Business owners hope it’s not long term.
“I hope it doesn’t signal the return of problems we had hoped we’d gotten rid of,” said Robin Wenrick, an operater of the Artist’s Collaborative Gallery which is a few doors down from the sports bar and cafe where the shooting happened.
Jim Ison, the owner of Steamer’s and several other businesses in Old Sacramento dodged blood stains and other reminders of the incident like bandages and rubber gloves left by paramedics trying to save lives.
He said the police should concentrate more on keeping bad elements out of family events rather than staff a nearby DUI checkpoint.
“This would be a black eye for any jurisdiction, whether it’s a commercial trade or what…this is not good,” said Ison.
Mike Gray and Diane Correia heard multiple gunshots and witnessed the arrest of the gunman. They praised police actions during the emergency and had no problem with the event itself.
“It was a great event and put on very well and it was a bad thing that happened,” said Correia.
John Amos and his family attended the event from Escalon. he said the shooting was unfortunate, but an isolated incident.
“I’d definitely come back and do it again. This is not something someone planned on,” said Amos.