SACRAMENTO -- A fight led to an eruption of gunfire outside a Sacramento casino early Sunday morning.
An unidentified man and a uniformed Sacramento police officer exchanged shots in the parking lot of Capitol Casino.
One man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at an area hospital.
The shots rang out just before 1:40 Sunday morning. The Sacramento Police Department said two groups of men got in a fight in the parking lot of Capitol Casino on North 16th Street.
A Sacramento police officer working an additional assignment at the casino and two private security officers went outside to break up the altercation.
"As those two groups were leaving, one of those individuals drew a firearm and began firing in the direction of our officers and some of the other people that were there," said Officer Matthew McPhail with the Sac PD.
Police said that's when the officer, a 20-year veteran of the force, and the man exchanged gunfire. The officer took shelter behind a car and suspected shooter fled and hasn't been found.
"The vehicle that he was behind sustained a significant amount of damage, so we are thankful that our officer was not injured," said McPhail.
Another man who was outside during the gunfight was found with multiple gunshot wounds. The 36-year-old was later pronounced dead at a hospital. He has been identified as Nicholas Broadway. Police said he was likely a bystander and at this point it's believed the suspect shot the man.
Sacramento police can only describe the suspect they're looking for as an adult male who possibly Hispanic. What officers said they know for sure is he needs to be found.
"This person is a dangerous and violent person. They are a threat to other people," said McPhail.
An employee with Capitol Casino told FOX40 they do expect to open at some point Sunday.
The officer involved in the shooting is on paid administrative leave.