AT least five gunmen were involved in a mass shooting in Sacramento that left six dead and 12 injured, according to police.
The update from authorities comes after footage emerged of one of the suspected gunmen showing off a weapon live on Facebook just hours before the shooting.
Smiley Martin left prison on parole in FebruaryCredit: AP
Smiley flashed a gun on Facebook live hours before the mass shootingCredit: Facebookemail@example.com
Police say the shooting was related to gang violence. Pictured is suspect Smiley MartinCredit: Facebookfirstname.lastname@example.org
Smiley Martin, 27, was arrested in connection with Sunday’s shooting, along with his younger brother Dandrae Martin, 26, and Daviyonne Dawson, 31, officials announced on Tuesday.
“Evidence in the case indicates that at least five shooters fired guns during the shooting, and that an exchange of of gunfire took place between at least two groups of men,” Sacramento police said on Wednesday.
The police department added that the number of identified shooters could grow beyond five, and that it is “increasingly clear that gang violence is at the center of this tragedy.”
“While we cannot at this time elaborate on the precise gang affiliation of individuals involved, gangs & gang violence are inseparable from the events that drove these shootings,” said chief of police Katherine Lester.
In a video posted in the early hours of Sunday morning, Smiley is seen brandishing a black handgun and pointing it toward the camera in a post that has since been wiped from his Facebook account.
Later that night, gunfire erupted shortly after an altercation involving at least three men broke out in the downtown nightlife of Sacramento.
Video footage of the tragedy revealed that 76 shots were fired in 54 seconds as crowds fled the scene.
The six dead have been identified as Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32, Devazia Turner, 29, Johntaya “JoJo” Alexander, 21, Melinda Davis, 57, Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21, and father-of-two Sergio Harris, 38.
Smiley was arrested on Tuesday morning. He and his brother both face charges of possession of a machine gun and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in relation to the incident.
Police say Smiley was seriously wounded during the shooting and will be formally booked after completing his medical care.
OUT ON PAROLE
Smiley had just been released from prison in February after serving just four years of his 10 year sentence for domestic violence and assault with great bodily injury, according to documents obtained by the Sacramento Bee.
The criminal had been released despite a letter from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office opposing his release “as he poses a significant, unreasonable risk of safety to the community.”
Deputy District Attorney Danielle Abildgaard wrote that Smiley “clearly has little regard for human life and the law.”
“His history indicates that he will pursue his own personal agenda regardless of the consequences and regulatory restraints placed upon him.
“If he is released early, he will continue to break the law.”
LENGTHY RAP SHEET
Smiley’s younger brother and fellow alleged gunman Dandrae Martin also has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 2014.
Court records from that year show that Martin pled guilty to domestic violence in Riverside County, later serving 30 days in jail and completing community service.
Arizona court records revealed that Martin was charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence in 2016.
He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars.
Martin was charged with domestic violence, misdemeanor criminal damage, and a felony marijuana violation in 2018. He was guilty of violating his probation a year later.
The rapper was released from jail in Arizona in November 2020, according to court records cited by CBS5.
Cops arrested Martin as a “related suspect” after gunfire erupted in the Californian state capital. Police say he has not been booked on homicide charges.
Following the shooting, a post on Martin’s social media read: “Smh, I’m hit.”
As an aspiring rapper, Dandrae flaunted guns in music videos and rapped about “cutting up” before the shooting.
Pop stars and ex-Disney duo Aly & AJ revealed on Sunday that they were “caught in the crossfire” of the shooting while exiting a venue where they had just performed.
Dandrae Martin was arrested Monday as a ‘related suspect’Credit: AP
Six people were killed in the shooting on Sunday in downtown SacramentoCredit: AP
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