The second arrest involved in the Sacramento mass shooting, police say

Sacramento, California – Police have arrested a second suspect in Sunday’s shooting in downtown Sacramento.

Investigators say 28-year-old Smiley Martin was found at the scene on Sunday morning at K and 10th Street, suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to hospital for treatment but is expected to recover.

Officials say they have identified Martin as an “interested person” in the shooting. Detectives arrested Martin on Tuesday morning.

He is in hospital but will be taken to Sacramento County Jail if released on weapons charges.

Police say Martin is the brother of 26-year-old Dandry Martin, who was arrested Monday as a “relative suspect” in connection with a deadly assault and carrying a loaded gun.

This is a breaking news update. Previous story below.

Sacramento police arrested a man Monday with a gun that killed six people and injured a dozen others in central California as at least two gunmen fired more than 100 quick-fire rounds and people ran for their lives.

Police say they have charged 26-year-old Dandry Martin as a “relative suspect” with assault with a deadly weapon and a criminal carrying a loaded gun. Detectives and members of the SWAT team found a handgun during a search of three homes in the area.

The six people killed in the shooting at 2 a.m. Sunday were identified as bars were closing and patrons were arrested as the street was filled with people near the state capital.

Janataya Alexander, 21, of Sacramento County Corona, identified the three women killed as; Melinda Davis, 57; And Yamil Martinez-Android, 21. The three killed were Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; And Divajia Turner, 29.

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The explosion of gunfire in the vicinity of just a few blocks from the Golden One Arena sent shockwaves through the area, where the NBA’s Sacramento Kings observed a moment of silence for the victims before their game on Sunday night.

Police Chief Kathy Lester said detectives were trying to determine if a stolen handgun found at the crime scene was involved in the shooting. Witnesses responded to his request for help by providing more than 100 videos and photos of the evidence.

“The amount of violence that has just taken place in our city is unprecedented in my 27 years,” Lester told reporters. “We are shocked and heartbroken by this tragedy.”

Martin was not arrested on any homicide charges, District Attorney Ann Mary Schubert said.

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

Martin was released on bail and was due to appear in Sacramento County Superior Court on Tuesday, according to prison records.

Martin was released from Arizona Prison in 2020 after being convicted of a felony count of aggravated assault in 2016 and convicted of marijuana in 2018 in a separate case lasting more than 1 1/2 years.

He was also wanted on a misdemeanor warrant from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department of Southern California.

It was not immediately clear if Martin had an attorney who could speak for him.

At least four of the 12 injured were seriously injured, the Sacramento Fire Department said. At least seven of the dead were released from the hospital by Monday.

At the scene where the chaos began, the roads were reopened on Monday and police tapes were removed.

On the sidewalk where the video shows the victims groaning in agony, the memorials begin to grow with candles, balloons, flowers and stuffed animals to pay their respects. In a balloon part of it was a message: “You will be in our hearts and minds forever. Nothing will ever be the same.”

Politicians have condemned the violence and some Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have called for tougher action against gun violence.

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California has one of the country’s strictest restrictions on firearms, requiring background checks to purchase guns and ammunition, limiting magazines to 10 bullets, and banning firearms that fall within the definition of an assault weapon.

But state legislators are planning to go further. A bill that received its first hearing on Tuesday will allow citizens to sue illegal gunmen, a measure of the design of a controversial Texas bill aimed at abortion.

Other proposed California laws this year will make it easier for people to sue gun companies and target unregistered “ghost guns.”

The shootings began shortly after a street fight lined with high-end hotels, nightclubs and bars. Police said they were investigating whether there was a conflict with the shootings. Eyewitness videos posted on social media showed rapid gunfire for at least 45 seconds as people screamed and ran for cover.

The shots startled sleeping guests at the Citizen Hotel, including a wedding party and fans of rapper Tyler The Creator, who performed at a concert a few hours earlier.

From her window on the fourth floor of the hotel, 18-year-old Kelsey Shar said she saw a man running while firing a gun. In the darkness he saw flashes of weapons as people ran for cover.

Scarler’s friend Madeline Woodward said she saw a girl who appeared to have been shot in the arm while lying on the ground. Security guards at a nearby nightclub rushed to help the girl, who looked like a napkin, to try to stop the bleeding.

Sunday’s violence was the third in the United States this year where at least six people have been killed in a mass shooting, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University. And this is the second mass shooting in Sacramento in the last five weeks.

On February 28, a father killed his three daughters, a councilor, and himself during a weekly supervised visit to Sacramento Church. David Mora, 39, was armed with a home-made semi-automatic rifle-style weapon, although he was under a restraining order that prohibited him from carrying a firearm.

The crime scene closed a large part of the city center on Sunday and spread across two blocks of the city. The bodies remained on the sidewalk all day as Lester said investigators worked to create a “really complex and complex scene” process so that investigators could “gather all possible evidence to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”


This story corrects the spelling of the suspects’ first names, Dandre, not Dandre; And Devajia, not Devajia.

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