Two more people were arrested Tuesday in connection with the mass shooting that killed six people in Sacramento, California on Sunday.
One of the men posted a Facebook Live video of himself brandishing a handgun hours before gunfire erupted, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Smiley Martin, 27, who is the brother of the first suspect arrested – Dandrae Martin, 26 – was arrested while hospitalized with serious gunshot wounds in the Californian capital. He will face charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Possession of a Machine Gun.
Sacramento police also announced the arrest of another man, Daviyonne Dawson, 31, on charges of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Dawson was charged Monday night after police received reports that a man was seen carrying a gun following the shooting.
“Little respect for human life”
A year ago, prosecutors implored the state parole board not to release Smiley Martin early from a 10-year sentence, noting his previous convictions for possession of an assault weapon, robbery of electronic devices in department stores and the beating of a girlfriend whom he encouraged to prostitute herself.
“Martin’s criminal conduct is violent and lengthy,” a Sacramento prosecutor wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. “Martin has committed multiple criminal offenses and clearly has little respect for human life and the law.”
Authorities are trying to determine if the weapon seen in the Facebook video was used in the shooting, said the official, who was briefed on the investigation but could not publicly discuss the details and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
Investigators believe the brothers possessed stolen weapons and are working to review financial records, call records and social media posts to determine how and when they obtained the weapons, the official said. Authorities searched several locations related to the shooting and the gun investigation.
More than 100 shots were fired early Sunday near the state Capitol, creating a chaotic scene with hundreds of people desperately trying to get to safety. Smiley Martin was among 12 injured; he was found at the crime scene and taken to hospital, police said.
“Smiley Martin was quickly identified as a person of interest and remains under the supervision of an officer at the hospital while his treatment continues,” the statement read.
He will be booked when his condition improves enough for him to be jailed, according to a police statement.
A stolen handgun found at the crime scene had been converted into a weapon capable of firing automatically. Detectives and SWAT team members also found a handgun during searches of three homes in the area.
The shooting happened around 2 a.m. local time on Sunday as bars closed and patrons filled the streets, killing three women and three men.
The Sacramento County coroner identified the women killed as 21-year-old Johntaya Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21. The three men were Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; and De’vazia Turner, 29.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg read their names at a vigil Monday night attended by grieving relatives, friends and community members.
“We gather here to remember the victims and commit to do all we can to end the stain of violence, not just in our community but across the state, across the country and around the world.” , Steinberg said.
Turner, who had three daughters and a son, was a “protector” who worked as a night manager at an inventory company, his mother, Penelope Scott, told The Associated Press. He rarely went out and she had no reason to believe he would be in danger when he left her house after her visit on Saturday evening.
“My son was walking down the street and someone started shooting, and he got shot. Why is this happening?” said Scott. “I feel like I have a hole in my heart.”
Police were investigating whether the shooting was linked to a street fight that broke out just before gunshots rang out. Several people could be seen in videos unraveling on a street lined with an upscale hotel, nightclubs and bars as gunfire scattered people.
The investigation continues
Dandrae Martin, who was held without bail, was released from an Arizona prison in 2020 after serving just over a year and a half for violating probation in separate cases involving a felony conviction. aggravated assault in 2016 and a conviction for a marijuana charge in 2018 Court records show he pleaded guilty to punching, kicking and choking a woman in a hotel room when she refused to work for him as a prostitute.
It was not immediately clear on Tuesday whether the Martins had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.
Four of those injured suffered serious injuries, the Sacramento Fire Department said. At least seven of the victims had been released from hospitals on Monday and two patients remained hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center on Tuesday, according to spokeswoman Tricia Tomiyoshi. She did not disclose their terms.
Politicians denounced the shooting and some Democrats, including President Joe Biden, called for tougher action on gun violence.
California has some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country, requiring background checks to purchase guns and ammunition, limiting magazines to 10 rounds, and banning guns that fall under its definition of guns. assault weapons.
But state lawmakers plan to go further. A bill getting its first hearing on Tuesday would allow citizens to sue those who possess illegal weapons, a measure modeled on a controversial Texas bill targeting abortions.