From Adam Bima and Michael Balzam
SACRAMENTA, Calif. (AP) – A second suspect arrested Tuesday in connection with the massacre that killed six people in Sacramento posted a live video on Facebook in which he brandished a gun a few hours before the shooting began. , a law enforcement spokesman told the Associated Press.
Smiley Martin, 27, who is the brother of the first suspect taken into custody, was arrested while hospitalized with bullet wounds from a shooting in the California capital.
Martin was released on parole in February after serving a sentence for hitting a girlfriend, pulling her out of the house by her hair and beating her with a belt, prosecutors said.
Martin may have been released earlier, but the Parole Board rejected his application for early release in May after prosecutors said the 2017 attack, along with convictions for possession of assault weapons and theft, posed “a significant, unwarranted risk to security of society. “
“Martin’s criminal behavior is violent and protracted,” the Sacramento prosecutor wrote in a letter to the AP. “Martin has committed several crimes and obviously does not respect human life and the law.”
Authorities are trying to determine whether the weapon was used in the shooting, as seen in the video, said an official who was informed of the investigation but was not authorized to publicly discuss the details and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Investigators believe the brothers’ weapons were stolen. They are reviewing financial documents, call records and messages on social media to determine how and when they purchased the weapon, the official said. Authorities searched several places in connection with the shooting and investigation of firearms.
More than 100 shots were fired on Sunday’s early shooting near the State Capitol, creating a chaotic scene with hundreds of panicked people desperately trying to get to safety. As a result of the shelling, 12 people were injured, including the Martin brothers.
26-year-old Dandra Martin was arrested on Monday as a “suspect” on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and that he was convicted with a loaded pistol. He was not seriously injured and briefly appeared Tuesday at the Sacramento Supreme Court in an orange prison scrub.
Smiley Martin will be convicted of possession of a firearm by a banned man and possession of a machine gun if his condition improves enough for him to be jailed, a police statement said.
Police were trying to determine whether the slaughterhouse used a stolen gun found at the crime scene, which was converted into a weapon capable of conducting automatic firing.
Smiley Martin was taken to hospital from the crime scene, police said.
“Martin was quickly identified as the person of interest, and he remained under the supervision of an officer in the hospital while his treatment continued,” the statement said.
Detectives and members of the special forces also found a gun during searches in three houses.
The shooting took place around 2 a.m. Sunday as bars closed and visitors filled the streets. Among those killed were three women and three men: a father of four, a young woman who wanted to be a social worker, a man called party life, and a homeless woman.
The Sacramento County Coroner identified the murdered women as 21-year-old Jonta Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; and Jamil Martinez-Andrade, 21. The three men were Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucezi, 32; and Devasia Turner, 29.
Police are investigating whether the shooting was related to a street fight that broke out just before the shooting. Several people could be seen in the video fighting in the street with an elite hotel, nightclubs and bars, when people ran away from the shots.
Law enforcement officers examined more than 100 videos and photos sent by witnesses for possible use as evidence, police said.
A 31-year-old man who was spotted with a handgun immediately after the shooting was arrested Tuesday on charges of gunfire, although police said his handgun was not used in the crime.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said Monday that Dandra Martin had not been arrested on suspicion of murder, but said new arrests were expected.
Dandra Martin, who was held on bail, was released from Arizona prison in 2020 after serving just over 1.5 years for probation in selected cases involving a felony conviction in 2016 and a conviction on charges of marijuana in 2018. Court records show he pleaded guilty to punching, kicking and strangling a woman in a hotel room when she refused to work for him as a prostitute.
Lawyer Linda Parisi said she did not know enough about the case, and whether she would seek the release of Dandra Martin would depend on whether the prosecution filed more severe charges.
“If it turns out that the evidence shows that it was a simple presence at the scene, it is definitely more justified for the release,” said Paris. “If it shows more aggressive behavior, then it will oppose it. But we don’t know that yet. “
It was unclear whether Smiley Martin had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Four of the wounded were seriously injured, the Sacramento Fire Department said. At least seven victims were discharged from hospitals by Monday.
On the stage where the chaos broke out, memorials with candles and flowers grew on the same sidewalks where people fled in terror and others lay on the ground, writhing in pain.
Politicians have condemned the shooting, and some Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have called for tougher action against gun violence.
California has some of the toughest restrictions on firearms in the country, requiring verification of certificates to buy weapons and ammunition, limiting stores to 10 bullets and banning firearms that fall under its definition of assault weapons.
But state lawmakers plan to go further. The bill, which received its first hearing on Tuesday, will allow citizens to sue those who possess illegal weapons, a measure created after a controversial Texas bill aimed at abortion.
Other legislation proposed in California this year would make it easier for people to sue gun companies and counter unregistered “ghost weapons,” firearms made from self-made kits.
Associated Press authors Stephanie Dazio, Brian Mellie and Christopher Weber of Los Angeles, Don Thompson of Sacramento, Jacques Bilo of Phoenix and news researcher Ronda Schaffner of New York contributed to this story.