At Least 5 Shooters Involved in Gang-Related Mass Shootings, Sacramento Police Say.
SACRAMENTO: Police said Wednesday that investigators believe at least five shooters were involved in the mass shooting in downtown Sacramento last weekend and that it was gang-related violence.
The Sacramento Police Department said in a statement that there was a shooting between at least two groups of men.
Six people died in the bloodshed and 12 were injured. Among the injured are two brothers who have been arrested in connection with the massacre.
No one has yet been charged with murder.
At least two people remain hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Authorities credited evidence and leads provided by the public with their break in the investigation.
One of the brothers in custody was released from prison weeks before the shooting and was turned down for early release last year after prosecutors argued he “clearly has little regard for human life,” documents show.
Smiley Martin, 27, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun. Hours before Sunday’s attack, Martin posted a live video on Facebook of himself brandishing a gun, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Police were trying to determine if a stolen gun found at the crime scene was used in the massacre. It had become a weapon capable of automatic fire.
Detectives were also trying to determine if the gun Martin brandished in the video was used, according to the official, who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to publicly discuss details and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Martin and his brother were among those injured when gunfire erupted a block from the state Capitol around 2 a.m. Sunday as bars closed and patrons filled the streets. More than 100 shots were fired in quick succession as hundreds of people scrambled for safety. Investigators were trying to determine if a street fight outside a nightclub may have sparked the shooting.
The Sacramento County Coroner identified the three slain women as Johntaya Alexander, 21; 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.
Ten people were injured in addition to the Martin brothers. Smiley Martin remained hospitalized and will be charged with the charges when his condition improves enough to be jailed, a police statement said.
His brother, Dandrae Martin, 26, was arrested Monday as a “related suspect” on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and being a convicted felon carrying a loaded weapon. He made a brief appearance on the weapons possession charge Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court.
Investigators believe both brothers had stolen weapons and are trying to determine how they obtained them, the law enforcement official told the AP.
A 31-year-old man who was seen carrying a handgun immediately after the shooting was arrested Tuesday on a weapons charge. Police said they don’t believe his gun was used in the crime.