Police have arrested a third suspect in a Sacramento mass gunfight that killed six

The suspect was taken into custody “for possessing a firearm,” police said. The 31-year-old was seen carrying a gun shortly after the shooting, police said, but they believe the gun was not fired during the shootout.

Once Smiley Martin’s medical services are completed, he will be charged at the Sacramento County Central Jail with possession of a firearm and a machine gun by a banned person, police said.

Sacramento Police Officer Chad Lewis said in a news briefing Tuesday that “the firearm was modified from its original state with a component that enables it to fire automatic guns and would classify it as a machine gun under California law.”

Dandry Martin, 26, who was identified as a “relative suspect,” appeared in court on Tuesday but did not enter an appeal.

Defense attorney Linda Parisi said the hearing was adjourned until April 26 because police had not yet reported the incident. Martin is being held without bail, which could be determined at the next hearing.

According to police, he was charged with assault and possession of an illegal firearm, but for now the only official charge is possession of a firearm.

Parisi said she had very limited information about the incident and was waiting to receive further information from prosecutors.

Her clients were “very depressed” during their brief discussion, Parisi said, adding that the response to gun violence should be bigger than a lawsuit.

“It’s not just a criminal case, it’s a narrow view,” he said. And we have to deal with it. People are suffering, all people. As I say, everyone is exposed to gun violence. “

Sacramento County District Attorney Ann Mary Schubert said in a statement posted online Monday that while Dandre Martin has not been charged with murder, she believes authorities will take more people into custody.

“The investigation is extremely complex involving many witnesses, numerous types of videos and significant physical evidence,” Schubert said. “This is an ongoing investigation and we expect further arrests in this case.”

Multiple shooters were involved, the police chief said

The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. in a noisy part of downtown just a few blocks from California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall and Golden 1 Center, where the city’s NBA team plays home games.

A video posted on social media showed a fight before the shooting, police said in a statement. The statement said, “We are currently working to determine if this incident has anything to do with the shooting.”
People take part in a candlelight vigil for the victims of a deadly shooting in Sacramento, California on Monday, April 4, 2022.

Detectives have since “found hundreds of pieces of evidence at the scene,” police said in a press release Tuesday, including more than 100 shell shells. Investigators also found a stolen handgun, which police said was “transformed into a weapon capable of firing automatic rifles.”

Police say they cannot deny gang violence, but detectives are still trying to identify the exact motive and whether any victims were specifically targeted.

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At least three buildings and three vehicles were shot down, police said.

Police Chief Catherine Lester told CNN’s KCRA correspondent:

Lester says there were multiple gunmen and there was a big fight before the gunfight. He said Sunday that one of the hundreds of pieces of evidence found at the scene was a stolen handgun.

Police have issued search warrants for three homes and recovered at least one handgun, Sacramento police said in a news release. Authorities said they found more than 100 video or photo files on a tip portal.

The victims are 21 years old

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the six victims Monday:

– Janataya Alexander, 21

– Melinda Davis, 57

– Sergio Harris, 36

– Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32

– Yamil Martinez-Android, 21

– Devjia Turner, 29

The tragedy has devastated the families of the victims, confused the community and angered those frustrated by another mass shooting.

“My son was a very lively young man,” Harris’ mother, Pamela Harris, told CNN’s KOVR. She said her son smiles all the time and doesn’t bother anyone.

“And it happens, it’s crazy,” he said. “And I don’t know what to do right now (where). I don’t think so. “

Sacramento’s second mass shooting in recent weeks

The incident is the second mass shooting in Sacramento in the past five weeks. On February 28, a man shot and killed his three children and another at a church. The gunman took his own life, authorities said.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg says a solution is needed – not good luck – to help change the course of gun violence in America.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” he said. “It’s time to dump her and move on. We have a disease – it’s a disease in our country, it’s a disease in our culture. “

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Sacramento will continue to invest in programs focusing on early intervention and violence prevention for young people, he said.

“In our city, we will take stock and do what we can – in terms of investment, in terms of public safety, in terms of guns – for the protection of the public,” Steinberg said.

Governor Gavin News issued a statement saying “the curse of gun violence has become a crisis in our country, and we must end this killing.”

And President Joe Biden has described Sacramento as “another community devastated by gun violence,” urging Congress to work on gun control.

“In a single operation in Sacramento, six people were killed and at least a dozen were injured,” Biden said in a statement. “The family has changed forever. Survivors have left both visible and invisible wounds to heal.”

CNN’s Susannah Culinen, Holly Ian and Cherry Mossberg contributed to this report.

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