Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of two more suspects in connection with the chaotic shooting in downtown Sacramento that killed six people over the weekend, bringing the total number of arrests to three as police investigations continue.
Sacramento Police announced a third arrest Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say 31-year-old Devion Dawson was caught on camera carrying a gun after the shooting, although police do not believe the weapon was used in the shooting. Sacramento police said he was taken into custody late Monday and is accused of being a banned person with a firearm.
Earlier on Tuesday, officials said Smiley Martin, 27, would face charges in the shooting. He was one of 12 people found injured at the scene and was “soon identified as a person of interest,” the Sacramento Police Department said in a statement. A law enforcement officer, who was briefed about the investigation but could not discuss details publicly, told the Associated Press that Martin took a live video on Facebook hours before the shooting and was wearing a handgun branded did. Investigators are trying to ascertain whether the weapon was used in the shootout.
Martin was arrested Tuesday on charges of possessing a firearm and possessing a machine gun by a banned person.
Dandra Martin, who police identified as Smiley Martin’s brother, was arrested on Monday and charged with possession of a deadly weapon and illegal firearms. dandruff According to prison records, Martin was due to appear in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday. He is being held without bail.
The official said investigators believe the brothers had stolen guns and are working to review financial documents, call records and social media messages to determine when and how they took the weapons. Buy it. Officials searched several locations in connection with the firing and firearms investigation.
Suspect arrested:6 killed in shooting in Sacramento; community monitoring for victims
The community held a candlelight vigil on Monday, where Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg read out the names of six people killed in the shootings, followed by arrests. More than 100 rounds of shots were fired outside the city’s entertainment district at around 2 a.m. Sunday as bar patrons filled the streets after a major fight.
Police said investigators are examining hundreds of pieces of evidence and more than 170 videos and photographs shared through an online portal made for the public. None of the suspects have been charged with murder, and Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said in a statement Monday that she expected more arrests.
“The investigation is very complex, involving multiple witnesses, a variety of videos, and significant physical evidence,” Schubert said in a statement.
Here’s what we know on Tuesday:
Who were the victims?
The Sacramento County Coroner’s office identified the three men and three women killed as 21-year-old Jontaya Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; Yamil Martinez-Andrade, 21; Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoe-Luchsee, 32; and Devazia Turner, 29.
According to the Sacramento Fire Department, twelve people were injured and at least four were seriously injured. At least seven injured were discharged from hospitals on Monday.
Turner had four young children, including a 3-year-old daughter named Penelope. Born and raised in Sacramento, he played football from a young age until a knee injury slowed him down. He worked as a manager for an inventory company, keeping a close eye on the things his mom liked and telling her when they would go on sale.
“He was a keeper,” said his mother, Penelope Scott. “Raised him as a single mom, you know, he played the role of being the man of the house. He took care of everything.”
Turner’s father, Frank Turner, told the Sacramento Bee that his son had gone to a London nightclub and was with his cousin Harris when the shooting began. Both were killed.
“He was having fun with his friends,” Turner told Fox 40. “There’s just nothing to say. I’m just here. I’m sad, that’s all – grief.”
Sergio’s sister Kay Harris told The Associated Press she thought her brother was in London.
“My son was a very lively young man,” his mother Pamela told KCRA 3.
Sikandar was a kind aunt who wanted to work as a social worker with the children.
“She was just starting her life,” her father, John Alexander, told the Los Angeles Times, crying. “Stop shooting all this silly.”
Teresa Andrade told Fox26 that her daughter loved music and went to Sacramento for the Tyler the Creator concert.
According to Bee, a small bouquet of purple roses at the shooting site was dedicated to Davis, who had lived in the streets for years.
Sean Peter, a guide at the Downtown Sacramento Partnership who had known Davis for 15 years, told the newspaper that she had been homeless and had lived in the area for a decade.
Peter said officials had helped her find housing before the pandemic began, but she had returned to the city’s business district in recent months. A small bouquet of purple roses was left on the street in her memory with a note saying “Melinda Rest in Peace”.
“Melinda was a very eccentric person, a very sensual woman,” he told the newspaper. “It was his world, 24/7.”
Hoe-Luchsee was a devoted father of six, Nana Turner, the mother of two of his oldest children, told Bee.
Nana Turner told the outlet, “His kids were his whole heart, and he’s really going to be missed by his kids, and himself, and his mother, and a lot of friends.”
Officers investigating several suspects
Investigators found a stolen pistol at the scene, which police said in a statement had been converted into an automatic weapon.
Sacramento Police Chief Cathy Lester did not say what type of gun was used in the shooting. He said the authorities did not know whether the victims were targeted.
Police, after first arresting the suspect, said detectives and SWAT team members found a pistol during a search of three houses in the area.
Sacramento Police said in a statement, police said that Dawson, the latest suspect arrested in connection with the shooting, was not directly charged with assault, although detectives “are continuing the investigation.” Police said they found a pistol when Dawson was taken into custody.
Two brothers facing charges in the shooting have criminal histories that include violent crimes.
A year ago, prosecutors argued for 27-year-old Smiley Martin to remain in prison when he was up for early release amid a 10-year sentence for domestic violence and assault with major bodily injury, obtained by the Associated Press show Document. Prosecutors told the state parole board that he regularly violated the law and noted his previous convictions for possession of assault weapons, stealing electronics from department stores, and encouraging a girlfriend to become a prostitute.
“Martin’s criminal conduct is violent and protracted,” a Sacramento prosecutor wrote in a letter obtained by the Associated Press. “Martin has committed several serious violations and clearly has little respect for human life and the law.”
According to the Sacramento Bee, the letter includes an ominous warning from prosecutors: “If he is released early, he will continue to break the law.”
His brother, Dandre Martin, was freed from an Arizona prison in 2020 for violating probation on separate counts involving a felony for aggravated assault in 2016 and a conviction for marijuana charges in 2018. It was after more than a year’s service. Court records show that he pleaded guilty. He punched, kicked and strangled a woman in a hotel room when he refused to work as a prostitute for her.
From Sunday:Police search for several suspects after shooting 6 killed, 12 injured in Sacramento City
He was also wanted on a misdemeanor warrant by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California. The Sheriff’s Department said the allegations stemmed from a 2015 arrest by the Blyth Police Department, but no other information was immediately available.
Lester told local NBC affiliate KCRA, investigators were still working to determine what role Martin played in the shooting. Police said the district attorney is reviewing the evidence to determine appropriate charges for the suspects, and more charges may be filed.
What happened during the shoot?
Lester said a big fight broke out just before the shooting. The video showed people fighting in a street lined with an expensive hotel, nightclub and bar, after a barrage of bullets dispersed people.
Asa Pickett, who was at the dive bar on Saturday, told The Record, part of the USA Today Network, he heard about 100 rounds. He and his friends saw people bumping into each other, and his group found an area in a nearby street where they hid for about 45 minutes.
“We came out, and there were bodies on the ground,” he said.
Sacramento community keeps watch for shooting victims
Members of the Sacramento community gathered in the city on Monday evening to mourn the victims of Sunday’s fatal shooting.
Bee reported that on Monday morning, members of the community lined the sidewalk with a temporary memorial of candles, flowers and stuffed animals. Later that day, the city’s mayor, Darrell Steinberg, read out the names of the six victims attentively.
“We have gathered today to mourn their senseless deaths,” he said. “And we gather for their loved ones, who represent tonight,” pointing to a line of people standing behind them holding flowers, candles and pictures of victims.
Sergio Harris’s cousin Jackie Henderson, who was killed in the shooting, called for action by public officials during the surveillance.
“How many times will we sit back and talk next time?” he asked the crowd. “A change has to start. When are we going to start it?”
Contribution: Angeladette Rocha, The Record; The Associated Press