3 suspects now in custody as investigation into Sacramento mass shooting continues

The shooting took place just after 2 a.m. PT Sunday and left six dead, 12 injured and a chaotic crime scene littered with more than 100 shell casings.

Daviyonne Dawson, 31, was the latest arrested Tuesday, police said, for “being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.” Police say Dawson was seen carrying a gun immediately after the shooting, but believe the gun was not discharged in the melee.

Dawson has not been charged with crimes directly related to the shooting, police said.

The other two men arrested are brothers, Dandrae Martin, 26, and Smiley Martin, 27, who were arrested Monday and Tuesday. The brothers are believed to be responsible for shooting into the downtown crowd, according to Sacramento Police Officer Chad Lewis, though he only named Dandrae Martin.

“He (Dandrae) was charged with assault with a firearm,” Lewis said Tuesday, but did not rule out the possibility that others may have fired. “There could be more of the two shooters we already know about,” Lewis said.

Dandrae Martin has been charged with felony possession of a firearm. She made her first appearance in court on Tuesday, but she did not plead guilty. Smiley Martin faces charges for possession of a machine gun.

“That firearm was modified from its original condition with a component that made it capable of firing automatic fire and would classify it as a machine gun under California law,” Lewis said.

The Martin brothers were among a dozen people injured in the shooting.

Dandrae Martin’s next court date is April 26, where his bond is expected to be set. Her attorney, Linda Parisi, said Martin was “very somber” during their brief conversation, adding that he feels the response to gun violence should be bigger than just one case.

“This is not just a criminal justice issue, and it’s short-sighted to say well, all we have to do is address what happened this time, have it processed through criminal justice,” he told reporters. “It’s bigger than that and we need to address it. People are suffering, all the people. Like I say, everyone is affected by gun violence.”

The shooting in Sacramento was one of more than 120 mass shootings in the United States this year and one of at least 10 shootings over the weekend.

A fight may have preceded the shooting.

The shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. PST in a bustling part of downtown, just blocks from the California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall and the Golden 1 Center, where the NBA team of the city plays at home.

A video posted on social media appears to show an altercation before the shooting, police said Sunday. “We are currently working to determine what relationship, if any, these events have to the shooting,” the statement said.

Search warrants were executed at three homes and at least one handgun was recovered, according to Sunday’s statement, and authorities said they had received more than 100 video or photo files on an information portal.

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Since then, detectives have found “hundreds of pieces of evidence at the scene,” including more than 100 shell casings, police said in a Tuesday news release. Investigators also located a stolen handgun that “was found to have been converted to a weapon capable of firing automatically,” police said.

At least three buildings and three cars were hit by bullets, according to police.

“There were a lot of shots fired that night, hence the complexity of the investigation,” Police Chief Katherine Lester told CNN affiliate KCRA. Lester has said that there were multiple shooters and that a huge fight preceded the shooting.

The youngest victims were 21 years old.

The Sacramento County coroner’s office on Monday identified the six victims who died:

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

During an emotional vigil Monday night, Sacramento community members and officials expressed frustration over repeated instances of gun violence in the city and called for action to prevent more shootings.

The weekend shooting was the second mass shooting in Sacramento in the last five weeks. On February 28, a man shot dead three of his children and another man in a church. The gunman took his own life, authorities said.
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Mayor Darrell Steinberg said solutions, not wishful thinking, are needed to help change the trajectory of gun violence in America.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” he said. “It’s time to have a healthy conversation (about) guns in America. We have a disease, it is a disease in our country, it is a disease in our culture.”

Sacramento will continue to invest in programs focused on early intervention and violence prevention for youth, he said.

“In our city, we will take stock and do everything we can, on the investment side, on the public safety side, on the gun side, to protect the public,” Steinberg said.

CNN’s Dakin Andone and Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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