Three men have been arrested after a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento, California, although only one has been formally charged and appeared in court on Tuesday night.
The shooting took place just after 2 a.m. PT on Sunday and left six people dead, 12 injured and a chaotic crime scene littered with more than 100 casings. Police said the investigation was very complex and involved many witnesses, numerous videos and significant physical evidence.
The latest development came on Tuesday when police said they arrested someone for “being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm”. Police said he was seen carrying a gun immediately after the shooting, but believe that gun was not fired in the melee. He has not been charged with any crimes directly related to the shooting, police said, and online inmate records indicate he was released on Tuesday. CNN contacted the Public Defender’s Office.
The other two men arrested are brothers – Dandrae Martin, 26, and Smiley Martin, 27 – who were taken into custody on Monday and Tuesday. The brothers were allegedly responsible for firing into the downtown crowd, according to Sacramento Police Officer Chad Lewis, although he named only Dandrae Martin.
“He (Dandrae) has been charged with assault with a firearm,” Lewis said Tuesday, but did not rule out the possibility that others fired shots. “There could be more than the two shooters we already know,” Lewis said.
Dandrae Martin has been charged with criminal possession of a firearm. He made his first court appearance on Tuesday, but did not plead guilty.
“This firearm has been modified from its original condition with a component that made it capable of firing automatic shots and would classify it as a machine gun under California law,” Lewis said.
Smiley Martin was found at the scene of the shooting early Sunday with “extensive gunshot wounds” and taken to a local hospital, the Sacramento Police Department said in a news release. After Smiley Martin’s medical treatment is complete, he will be incarcerated in Sacramento County Main Jail for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Possession of a Machine Gun, police said.
The Martin brothers were among about a dozen people injured in the shooting.
Dandrae Martin’s next court date is April 26, when her bond is expected to be set. His attorney, Linda Parisi, said Martin was “very grim” during their brief discussion, adding that she believes the response to gun violence should be more important than just one case.
“It’s not just a matter of criminal justice, and it’s a narrow view to say that all we have to do is fix what happened on this occasion, get it dealt with through justice. criminal,” she told reporters. “It’s bigger than that and we have to fix it. People are suffering, everyone. As I say, everyone is affected by gun violence.
The shooting in Sacramento was one of more than 120 mass shootings in the United States this year and one of at least 10 shootings over the weekend.
The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. PT in a busy downtown area just blocks from the California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall, and the Golden 1 Center, where the city’s NBA team plays home games.
Video posted on social media appears to show an altercation before the shooting, police said on Sunday. “We are currently working to determine the relationship, if any, between these events and the shooting,” the statement said.
Search warrants were executed at three homes and at least one handgun was recovered, according to the Sunday statement, and authorities said they received more than 100 video or photo files on an intelligence portal.
Detectives have since found “hundreds of pieces of evidence at the scene”, including more than 100 shell casings, police said in a news release Tuesday. Investigators also located a stolen handgun that “has been converted to a weapon capable of firing automatically,” police said.
At least three buildings and three cars were hit by bullets, police said.
“There were a lot of gunshots that night, hence the complexity of the investigation,” Police Chief Katherine Lester told CNN affiliate KCRA. Lester said there were multiple shooters and a big fight preceded the shots.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the six deceased victims on Monday:
- Johntaya Alexander, 21 years old
- Melinda Davis, 57
- Sergio Harris, 38
- Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32
- Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21 years old
- Devazia Turner, 29 years old
During an emotional vigil Monday night, Sacramento community members and officials expressed frustration at the repeated instances of gun violence in the city and called for action to prevent further shootings.
The weekend shooting was the second mass shooting in Sacramento in the past five weeks. On February 28, a man shot dead three of his children and another man in a church. The shooter committed suicide, authorities said.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg said solutions — not good wishes — are needed to help change the trajectory of gun violence in America.
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” he said. “It’s high time to have a meaningful conversation (about) guns in America. We have a disease – it’s a disease in our country, it’s a disease in our culture.
Sacramento will continue to invest in programs focused on early intervention and prevention of youth violence, he said.
“In our city, we will take stock and we will do everything we can — on the investment side, on the public safety side, on the gun side — to protect the public,” Steinberg said.