(Trends Wide) — Police announced Monday the arrest of a suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting in Sacramento that killed six people and wounded 12 others.
Dandrae Martin, 26, was identified as a “related suspect” and booked on charges of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to a Sacramento police statement.
Trends Wide has contacted Martin’s legal representatives for comment. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. PT (6:00 p.m. Miami time).
During the initial investigation, detectives found more than 100 shell casings and discovered at least three buildings and three vehicles that had been hit by bullets.
“There were a lot of shots fired that night, hence the complexity of the investigation,” Police Chief Katherine Lester told Trends Wide affiliate KCRA.
Lester said Sunday that there were multiple attackers and a huge fight ensued before the shooting.
Police have issued search warrants at three homes and have recovered at least one firearm. Authorities said they have received more than 100 video and photo files on a tip website.
The Sacramento County coroner’s office on Monday identified the six victims who died:
- Johntaya Alexander, 21 years old
- Melinda Davis, 57
- Sergio Harris, 38
- Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32
- Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21
- Devazia Turner, 29
The tragedy has devastated the families of the victims, confounded the community and angered those frustrated by another mass shooting.
“My son was a young man full of life,” Harris’s mother, Pamela Harris, told Trends Wide affiliate KOVR. Harris said that her son smiled all the time and never bothered anyone.
“And for this to happen is crazy,” he said. “And right now I’m at the point (where) I don’t know what to do. I don’t even think this is real.”
State Attorney General Rob Bonta urged the public to come forward with any information about the shooting.
“Enough is enough. The sickening gun violence plaguing our communities must end,” he said.
“There have been as many mass shootings in America as there are days so far in 2022. My office continues our work to get illegal guns off our streets, hold those responsible for gun violence accountable, and advance, and defend in the courts, common sense gun laws. This work is urgent. We must act now.”
The incident is the second mass shooting in Sacramento in the last five weeks. On February 28, a man fatally shot three of his children and another man in a church. The attacker took his own life, according to authorities.
A senseless mass tragedy
A large crowd had gathered near 10th and K streets when gunfire erupted around 2 a.m. Sunday, Lester said. But he said it’s not clear if the crowd was related to a particular location or event.
A video posted on social media appears to show an altercation before the shooting, police said in a statement. “We are currently working to determine what, if any, relationship these events have to the shooting,” the statement said.
Police said part of the incident was caught on a nearby camera.
Lester said a stolen gun was among hundreds of pieces of evidence found at the scene.
The mass shooting occurred in a busy downtown area just blocks from the California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall and the Golden 1 Center, where the Sacramento Kings played the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. evening.
“It’s certainly a terrible tragedy. I hope it doesn’t draw attention to our city because I think it’s a great place to be and a great place to live,” Sacramento Kings coach Alvin Gentry said.
“It’s unfortunate that something like this can continue to happen today in an environment where everyone goes out to have fun,” he said. “The issue of weapons has to change. Access to weapons in general, but to automatic weapons is my personal opinion.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it seemed appropriate for both teams to observe a moment of silence before the game.
“But I’m going to be honest, it’s probably the ninth or 10th minute of silence I’ve ever experienced as a Warriors coach where we mourn the losses of people who have been killed in mass shootings,” Kerr said. “So I don’t think the minutes of silence are going to change anything.”