SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A second suspect arrested Tuesday in the mass shooting that killed six people in Sacramento had posted live video to Facebook of himself brandishing a handgun hours before beatings no fires erupt, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Smiley Martin, 27, who is the brother of the first suspect taken into custody, was arrested while hospitalized with serious injuries from gunfire in the Californian capital.
A year ago, prosecutors implored the state parole board not to release Martin early from a 10-year sentence, noting his previous convictions for possession of an assault weapon, theft of electronic devices in department stores and beatings on a girlfriend whom he encouraged to prostitute herself.
“Martin’s criminal conduct is violent and lengthy,” a Sacramento prosecutor wrote in a letter obtained by AP. “Martin has committed multiple criminal offenses and clearly has little respect for human life and the law.”
Authorities are trying to determine if the weapon seen in the video was used in the shooting, said the official, who was briefed on the investigation but could not publicly discuss the details and spoke to AP under covered with anonymity.
Investigators believe the brothers possessed stolen weapons and are working to review financial records, call records and social media posts to determine how and when they obtained the weapons, the official said. Authorities raided multiple locations as part of the shooting and gun investigation.
More than 100 shots were fired early Sunday near the state Capitol, creating a chaotic scene with hundreds of people desperately trying to get to safety. Martin was among 12 people injured.
Police announced on Monday the arrest of her brother, Dandrae Martin, 26, as a “linked suspect” for assault with a deadly weapon and being a convict carrying a loaded weapon. His first court appearance has been set for Tuesday.
Smiley Martin will be sentenced for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun when his condition improves enough for him to be jailed, according to a police statement. A stolen handgun found at the crime scene had been converted into a weapon capable of firing automatically.
Smiley Martin was found at the scene of the crime and taken to hospital, police said.
“Smiley Martin was quickly identified as a person of interest and remains under the supervision of an officer at the hospital while his treatment continues,” the statement read.
Detectives and SWAT team members also found a handgun during searches of three homes in the area.
The shooting happened around 2am on Sunday as bars closed and customers filled the streets. The three women and three men killed included a father of four, a young woman who wanted to be a social worker, a man described as party life and a woman who lived on the nearby street and was looking for accommodation.
The Sacramento County coroner identified the women killed as 21-year-old Johntaya Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21. The three men were Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; and De’vazia Turner, 29.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg read their names at a vigil Monday night attended by grieving relatives, friends and community members.
“We gather here to remember the victims and commit to do all we can to end the stain of violence, not just in our community but across the state, across the country and around the world.” , Steinberg said.
Turner, who had three daughters and a son, was a “protector” who worked as a night manager at an inventory company, his mother, Penelope Scott, told The Associated Press. He rarely went out and she had no reason to believe he would be in danger when he left her house after her visit on Saturday evening.
“My son was walking down the street and someone started shooting, and he got shot. Why is this going to happen? Scott said. “I feel like there’s a hole in my heart.
Police were investigating whether the shooting was linked to a street fight that broke out just before gunshots rang out. Several people could be seen in videos unraveling on a street lined with an upscale hotel, nightclubs and bars as gunfire scattered people.
Detectives were also trying to determine if a stolen handgun found at the crime scene was linked to the shooting, Police Chief Kathy Lester said. Witnesses responded to his plea for help by providing more than 100 videos and photos of evidence.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert noted Monday that Dandrae Martin has not been arrested on suspicion of homicide, but said more arrests are expected.
Dandrae Martin, who was held without bond, was released from an Arizona prison in 2020 after serving just over a year and a half for violating probation in separate cases involving a felony conviction. aggravated assault in 2016 and a marijuana conviction in 2018. Court records show he pleaded guilty to punching, kicking and choking a woman in a hotel room when she refused to work for him as a prostitute.
It was not immediately clear on Tuesday whether the Martins had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.
Four of those injured suffered serious injuries, the Sacramento Fire Department said. At least seven of the victims had been released from hospitals on Monday and two patients remained hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center on Tuesday, according to spokeswoman Tricia Tomiyoshi. She did not disclose their terms.
At the scene where chaos erupted, memorials with candles and flowers sprang up on the same sidewalks where video showed people screaming and running for shelter while others lay on the ground writhing in pain .
A small bouquet of purple roses was dedicated to Melinda Davis, who lived on the streets for years, with a note saying “Melinda Rest In Peace”.
Politicians denounced the shooting and some Democrats, including President Joe Biden, called for tougher action on gun violence.
California has some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country, requiring background checks to purchase guns and ammunition, limiting magazines to 10 rounds, and banning guns that fall under its definition of guns. assault weapons.
But state lawmakers plan to go further. A bill getting its first hearing on Tuesday would allow citizens to sue those who possess illegal weapons, a measure modeled on a controversial Texas bill targeting abortions.
Other California legislation proposed this year would make it easier for people to sue gun companies and target unregistered “ghost guns,” firearms made from construction kits.
The California Assembly observed a minute of silence Monday in honor of the victims. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, a Democrat who represents Sacramento, noted lawmakers could view the crime scene from the building’s balcony.
“Tragic is too small a word to describe what happened just two nights ago as a devastating loss to our city,” McCarty said.
Associated Press writers Stefanie Dazio, Brian Melley and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles, Don Thompson in Sacramento, Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this story.
Adam Beam and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press