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Sacramento police have announced the arrest of a second suspect – the brother of the first suspect arrested on Monday – in connection with the weekend shooting that left six people dead and about 10 injured.
Smiley Martin, 27, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning while recovering in hospital from injuries sustained in the gunfire that broke out in the entertainment district of California’s capital early Sunday morning, a announced the Sacramento Police Department.
Martin faces charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Possession of a Machine Gun. Police said he will be incarcerated at the Sacramento County Main Jail once his medical treatment is complete.
Martin is the brother of Dandrae Martin, 26, who was arrested as a suspect in the mass shooting a day earlier. Dandrae Martin faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Neither has been charged with homicide.
Police said that as the investigation continues, the suspects may face different or additional charges.
More than 100 gunshots erupted as bar patrons filled the city streets at closing time around 2am on Sunday morning. Witness videos posted on social media showed rapid gunfire lasting at least 45 seconds as people screamed in terror and ran to escape the bullets.
Three women and three men were shot and killed and a dozen others were injured in the shooting.
The Sacramento County coroner identified the three women who were killed as 21-year-old Johntaya Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21. The three male victims have been identified as Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; and Devazia Turner, 29.
Turner was the father of three daughters and a son. His mother, Penelope Scott, told The Associated Press that he was a “protector”.
“My son was walking down the street and someone started shooting, and he got shot. Why is this happening?” said Scott. “I feel like I have a hole in my heart.”
Melinda Davis, 57, was living on nearby streets and looking for accommodation when she was shot.
Police said they were investigating whether a fight that broke out before the shooting was related. The police too recovered a stolen handgun from the scene and were investigating whether he had been used in the shooting.
Authorities have asked community members who have videos or photos related to the shooting to share them with investigators as the investigation continues.
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Politicians denounced the shooting and some Democrats, including President Biden, called on Congress to pass tougher gun control legislation.
“Today, America once again mourns another community devastated by gun violence,” Biden said in a statement Sunday. “But we have to do more than cry, we have to act.”
Emma Colton of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.