By ADAM BEAM and MICHAEL BALSAMO
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.
Martin was released from a suspended prison sentence in February – less than a year after prosecutors pleaded with the state parole board not to release him sooner from a 10-year sentence, noting his convictions for possession of an assault weapon, robberies and beatings of a girlfriend whom he encouraged to be a prostitute.
“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 was not authorized to publicly discuss the details and spoke to AP on condition of 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 panicked people desperately trying to get to safety. Martin was among the 12 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 taken to hospital from the scene of the crime, 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.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg read the names of the dead 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.
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.
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 fighting in videos on a street lined with an upscale hotel, nightclubs and bars when 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.
A 31-year-old man who was seen carrying a handgun immediately after the shooting was arrested on Tuesday for possession of a weapon, although police said his gun was not used in the crime.
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.
A year ago, Schubert’s office sent a letter asking members of the parole board to reject the release of Smiley Martin, saying he had no respect for the police and others and that he would continue to break the law.
His parole request was denied in May, but he was released on probation in February after serving about half his sentence, due to different credits, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
The letter was first reported by The Sacramento Bee.
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.
At the scene where chaos erupted, memorials with candles and flowers sprang up on the same sidewalks where people had run in terror while others lay on the ground writhing in pain.
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.
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.