The two teenagers killed in a Black Friday shooting at Sacramento’s Arden Fair Mall have been identified as brothers 17-year-old Sa’Quan Reed and 19-year-old Dewayne Reed, KCRA reports. Community advocates and family of the two teens called for justice during an emotional vigil Saturday evening. Shoppers were evacuated from the mall after shots rang out Friday shortly after 6 p.m. “They were very well taken care of, well-loved and not deserving of this,” said community advocate Leia Schenk. ” It’s senseless gun violence. It’s scary. These are children.” The shooter left the area after the violence.
Vigil speakers criticized the mall for its decision to reopen on Saturday and accused the mall of having poor security. Mayor Darrell Steinberg called for “doing whatever is legally necessary to take the guns out of the hands of teenagers.” The coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thinner than usual on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.A police spokesman said the shooting appeared to be a targeted, isolated attack. Gun assaults and homicides have surged in the California capital, as well as in Los Angeles and other cities, the Associated Press reports. About 40 homicides have been reported this year. “We are deeply concerned by the increase in gun violence in Sacramento and other cities during the pandemic, and have supported increasing our efforts to reach young people at risk,” Steinberg tweeted. “A gun is never the answer.”