Police said Wednesday that investigators believe at least five shooters were involved in the mass shooting in downtown Sacramento, Calif., last weekend that it was gang-related violence.
The Sacramento Police Department said in a statement that there was a shootout between at least two groups of men.
Six people were killed in the bloodshed and 12 were injured. Among the injured are two brothers who were arrested in connection with the massacre.
No one has yet been charged with homicide.
At least two people remain hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Authorities credited the evidence and advice provided by the public with stopping the investigation.
Smiley Martin, 27, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a submachine gun. Hours before Sunday’s attack, Martin posted a Facebook Live video of himself brandishing a handgun, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Police were trying to determine if a stolen handgun found at the crime scene was used in the massacre. It had been converted into a weapon capable of automatic fire.
“I don’t even feel like it’s real”
Detectives were also trying to determine if the weapon Martin wielded in the video was used, according to the official, who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to publicly discuss the details and spoke under the guise of ‘anonymity.
Martin and his brother Dandrae were among those injured when gunfire erupted about a block from the state capitol around 2 a.m. local time Sunday, as bars closed and patrons filled the streets. More than 100 shots were fired in quick succession as hundreds of people rushed to safety. Investigators were trying to determine if a street fight outside a nightclub may have triggered the shooting.
The Sacramento County coroner identified the three women killed as 21-year-old Johntaya Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21. The three men killed were Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; and De’vazia Turner, 29.
“My son was a very lively young man,” Harris’s mother, Pamela, told KCRA-TV. “It’s fun to be there, I liked to party, I was smiling all the time. Don’t bother people. For this to happen is crazy. I’m just on point right now, I don’t know what I don’t even feel like it’s real. I feel like it’s a dream.
Ten people were injured in addition to the Martin brothers. Smiley Martin remained hospitalized and will be charged when his condition improves enough for him to be jailed, according to a police statement.
Dandrae Martin, 26, was arrested on Monday as a “relative suspect” on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and being a convict carrying a loaded weapon. He made a brief appearance on the firearms possession charge Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court.
Investigators believe the two brothers stole firearms and are trying to determine how they obtained them, the law enforcement official told the AP. Both had criminal records.
A 31-year-old man who was seen carrying a handgun immediately after the shooting was arrested Tuesday for weapons possession. Police said they do not believe his gun was used in the crime.
Defense attorney Linda Parisi said an effort to seek Dandrae Martin’s bail will depend on whether prosecutors pursue more serious charges.
“If the evidence turns out to show that it was just a presence at the scene, that certainly argues more for a release,” Parisi said. “If he shows more aggressive driving, he would object to it. But we don’t know that yet.”