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Friday, October 07, 2022

Arrest made in Sacramento mass shooting that killed 6

Sacramento, Calif. ( Associated Press) – Sacramento police announced arrests on Monday in a shooting in the heart of California’s capital city, killing six people and injuring a dozen others as multiple shooters fired more than 100 rounds And people ran for their lives.

Police said they booked 26-year-old Dandre Martin as a “related suspect” on charges of assault and illegal firearms. Detectives and SWAT team members found a pistol during a search of three houses in the area.

The arrests came after six victims who were killed in the shooting that took place around 2 a.m. Sunday were identified as bars were closing and patrons filled the streets near the state capitol.

The Sacramento County coroner identified the three women killed as 21-year-old Jontaya Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamael Martinez-Andrade, 21. The three people killed were 38-year-old Sergio Harris; Joshua Hoe-Luchsee, 32; and Devjia Turner, 29.

Rapid fire gunshots from at least two shooters created panic among the people. Twelve injured in a neighborhood just a few blocks from the Golden One Arena, where the NBA’s Sacramento Kings held a moment of silence before their game on Sunday night.

This is a breaking news update. Below is an earlier story from Associated Press.

Authorities in California’s capital city have identified six people killed in the Sacramento mass shooting on Monday, as police searched for at least two shooters who opened fire into the crowd as bar patrons were on the outskirts of the city’s entertainment district. At closed times the streets were full.

The Sacramento County coroner identified the three women who were killed as 21-year-old Jontaya Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamael Martinez-Andrade, 21. The three male victims were identified as 38-year-old Sergio Harris; Joshua Hoe-Luchsee, 32; and Devajia Turner, 29. One of the victims was identified on Sunday.

At around two o’clock in the night, the sound of rapid fire bullets put people in panic. Twelve people were injured in a neighborhood anchored by the Golden Forest Arena, which hosts the concert and the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. The team’s home game against the Golden State Warriors went as scheduled on Sunday night and began with a moment of silence for the victims.

Police Chief Cathy Lester said a stolen gun was found at the crime scene and detectives were trying to determine whether it was linked to the shooting, but few additional details emerged about the investigation. He requested the public to share the video and other evidence that the killers may have been there.

“The scale of the violence that has just happened in our city is unprecedented in my 27 years,” Lester told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters. “We are shocked and heartbroken by this tragedy. But we are also committed as an agency to find those responsible and secure justice for victims and families. ,

The Sacramento Fire Department said at least four of the 12 injured had serious injuries. Four of the injured were taken to UC Davis Medical Center and spokeswoman Stephanie Winn said Monday that two are still hospitalized and two have been discharged overnight. He did not provide information on the condition of the patients who were still hospitalised.

Small memorials with candles, balloons and flowers were placed near the crime scene on Monday morning. On one of the balloons was a message that read: “You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. nothing will ever be the same.”

Roads were reopened to car and foot traffic and police tape was removed. Other than a handful of TV cameras, there were little signs on the downtown block of the previous day’s bloodshed.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other city officials condemned the escalating violence in the city, as well as urging people to come to the city for events such as NBA games and performances of the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

“We can never accept it normally and we never will,” Steinberg said of the shooting. “But we also have to live our lives.”

A fight broke out on a street containing an expensive hotel, nightclub and bar, and police said they were investigating whether the brawl was related to the shooting. Video of eyewitnesses posted on social media showed gunshots being fired rapidly for at least 45 seconds as people shouted and ran for cover.

Guests sleeping at the Citizen Hotel were pelted with bullets, including a wedding party and fans of rapper Tyler the Creator, who performed at a concert hours earlier.

From her window on the fourth floor of the hotel, 18-year-old Kelsey Schaar said she saw a man running away with a gun. She could see the weapon glowing in the dark as people ran to hide.

Shar’s friend, Madeline Woodward, said she saw a girl, who had been shot in the arm, lying on the ground. Security guards from a nearby nightclub rush to help the girl, who looks like a napkin, to try to stop the bleeding.

Sunday’s violence was the third time this year in the US that at least six people have been killed in mass shootings, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University. And it was the second mass shooting in Sacramento in the past five weeks.

President Joe Biden called for action on gun crimes in a statement on Sunday.

“Today America is once again mourning another community devastated by gun violence,” Biden said. “But we must do more than grieve; We must take action.”

On February 28, a father killed his three daughters, a mentor and himself during a weekly supervised visitation at a Sacramento church. David Mora, 39, was armed with a domestic semiautomatic rifle-style weapon, even though he was under a restraining order that barred him from possessing a firearm.

The crime scene spread across two city blocks on Sunday, closing off a large part of the city’s downtown. The bodies lay on the sidewalk all day as Lester said investigators worked to process a “really complex and complicated scene” to ensure that investigators “bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice” with all the evidence. be able to collect

Katie Valenzuela, a council member representing the area, said she had received a lot of phone calls reporting violence in her district during her 15 months in office. She cried at a news conference as she told reporters that the latest phone call woke her up at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

“I’m heartbroken and I’m angry,” she said. “Our community deserves better than this.”

Associated Press writers David Klepper in Providence, Rhode Island, and Stephanie Dizio in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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