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Police Arrest A 2nd Man In Connection With Sacramento Mass Shooting

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Police work the scene on the corner of 9th and K street after a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours on April 3 in Sacramento.
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Police in Sacramento have arrested a second man in connection with a weekend shooting downtownthat killed six people and wounded 12 others. It is the deadliest mass shooting in the city's history.

Update: Third Person Arrested
  • A man has been arrested for "carrying a gun in the immediate aftermath of the shooting," according to a Sacramento Police Department statement on Tuesday. The man is charged with being "a prohibited person in possession of a firearm." He is not charged with crimes directly related to the shootings, and the department does not believe the gun was used in it.

The 27-year-old, identified by police as Smiley Martin, was found at the scene of the Sunday morning shooting with what police described as "serious injuries from gunfire."

While hospitalized, he remains under police supervision. He was taken into custody Tuesday morning and charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun.

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The two suspects are related

A day earlier, police announced another arrest in the shooting — Martin's brother.

Dandrae Martin, 26, was charged with assault and illegal firearm possession.

Other than the two arrests, police have released few details about what transpired early Sunday. Investigators are seeking information from the public about the incident and other suspects.

The shooting followed a large fight

The gunfire erupted near the corner of 10th and K streets, close to the State Capitol, around 2 a.m., police said.

Cellphone videos circulating online captured a fight among a large crowd of people on a sidewalk in the area of the shooting. The footage shows people running for their lives as the first shots ring out, followed by dozens more shots. It's not yet known how that fracas might be linked to the shooting.

The police have asked the public to submit any videos or photos through the department's evidence portal to help them find anyone who played a part in the crime.

In a Tuesday morning update, Sacramento police said they were poring through 170 video and photo files that the public submitted.

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Mourners hold vigils to honor the victims

A candlelight vigil is set on the corner of 10th and L Street as police work the scene of a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours on April 3, 2022 in Sacramento.
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At least two vigils were held several blocks apart in Sacramento on Monday, one day after the deadly shooting.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg, speaking at one of the remembrances, said the national spotlight was on Sacramento for the moment, according to CapRadio.

"So if we can lift our voices as we have over these last couple of days to decry the senseless violence and the sickness that exists in our country around the proliferation of assault weapons ... that indiscriminately kill and injure, we will lift our voices to do so," Steinberg said.

Mourners held photos of Melinda Davis, a 57-year-old unhoused woman who was killed in the shooting, and lit candles for Sergio Harris, a 38-year-old victim.

Jackie Henderson, who said he was Harris' cousin, criticized city and community leaders for not doing more to prevent gun violence, the station reported.

"The last time we had a mass shooting, you did the same thing, sat out here, held up our candlesc... How are you here for us if we're sitting here doing the same damn thing again?" he said.

The victims have been identified

Local authorities released the names of the six people killed in the melee. According to CapRadio, they are:

  • Johntaya Alexander, 21
  • Melinda Davis, 57
  • Sergio Harris, 38
  • Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32
  • Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21
  • Devazia Turner, 29
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