Kings ‘Alvin Gentry, Warriors’ Steve Kerr talks about Sacramento mass shooting

As the Kings prepared to host the Warriors on Sunday night, coaches Alvin Gentry and Steve Kerr spoke at the massacre just blocks from Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center that killed six people and injured a dozen others early Sunday morning.

“It’s an incredible tragedy,” Gentry said during his pregame media availability. “I hope this does not put a black eye on our city … It is unfortunate that this can still happen in an environment where everyone is just trying to have fun, to have a good time. The gun thing needs to change “It’s a really sad day.”

Kerr took no basketball-related questions during his availability for the game and only talked about shooting.

“So many lives ruined,” he said. “Everyone with the Warriors, we all share the sadness of your city. There’s not much you can do or say, but we’re all crushed today.”

Kerr, whose father was killed in a terrorist attack in Beirut in 1984, has long spoken out over the issue of gun violence and has spent much of his professional life calling on those in power to introduce stronger gun laws.

“We’ll have a moment of silence before the game, that’s the right thing to do, but I’m going to be honest, this is my ninth or 10th moment of silence I’ll have experienced as head coach of the Warriors as we mourn the loss of people who died in mass shootings, “Kerr said. “I do not think moments of silence will do anything. At some point, our government will have to decide whether we have ordinary gun laws.

“Eighty to 90 percent of Americans support background checks. And you think about all the common laws we can and should enforce. If we had some courage, if our government had any courage, if people suggested others their own career paths, their re-election campaigns, for their own propaganda – it’s right there for us. “

Sacramento police say at least two gunmen opened fire inside the city center at 2 a.m. PT, just as bars and nightclubs closed for the night and crowds emptied into the streets.

The shooting range was not far from the State Capitol building and was close to the Warriors team hotel. No one at Golden State was aware of the shooting when it took place, and the team found it only later Sunday morning.

“This happens in churches, this happens in schools, this happens here in downtown Sacramento,” Kerr said. “At some point, I would hope that we actually think about our fellow citizens and do something about it, instead of playing politics. Because that’s all we do.”

Police said there will be extra patrols in downtown before Sunday’s game.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.

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