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Arrest made in connection with Sacramento mass shooting – Press Telegram

By ADAM BEAM and KATHLEEN RONAYNE

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) – Sacramento police on Monday arrested a man involved in the shooting that killed six people and injured a dozen others in the heart of California’s capital as several gunmen fired more than 100 high-velocity projectiles and people rushed to save lives. .

Police said they listed Dandrae Martin, 26, as a “related suspect” on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and being a convict carrying a loaded weapon. Detectives and SWAT team members found a weapon during searches of three homes in the area.

The arrest came when the three women and three men were identified in the shooting that took place around 2 a.m. Sunday when bars were closing and customers filled the streets near the State Capitol.

Among the dead were a father of four, a girl who wanted to be a social worker, a man described as partying and a woman who lived on the nearby streets and was looking for housing.

The Sacramento County coroner identified the murdered women as Johntaya Alexander, 21; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martínez-Andrade, 21. The three men were Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; and De’vazia Turner, 29.

Turner, who had three daughters and a son, was a “protector” who worked as a night manager at an inventory company, his mother, Penelope Scott, told The Associated Press. She rarely went out, and she had no reason to believe she would be in danger when she left her house after visiting on Saturday night.

“My son was walking down the street and someone started shooting, and he shot him. Why is that happening?” said Scott. “I feel like I have a hole in my heart.”

The explosion of gunfire caused people to run around in terror in the neighborhood a few blocks from the stadium where the Sacramento Kings of the NBA play.

Detectives were trying to determine if a stolen pistol found at the crime scene was related to the shooting, police chief Kathy Lester said. Witnesses responded to his request for help by providing more than 100 videos and test photos.

District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said Martin was not arrested on suspicion of murder, but suggested investigators were making progress.

“The investigation is very complex and includes many witnesses, videos of numerous types and significant physical evidence,” Schubert said in a statement. “This is an ongoing investigation and we anticipate further arrests in this case.”

Martin was arrested without bail and was scheduled to appear in Sacramento County Superior Court on Tuesday, according to prison records.

Martin was released from an Arizona prison in 2020 after serving just over a year and a half for violating parole in separate cases involving an aggravated assault conviction in 2016 and a 2018 marijuana charge.

Judicial records indicate that he pleaded guilty to beating, kicking and choking a woman in a hotel room when she refused to work for him as a prostitute.

He was also wanted for a misdemeanor warrant by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California.

It was not immediately clear if Martin had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Of the 12 injured, at least four were seriously injured, the Sacramento Fire Department said. At least seven of the victims were discharged from hospitals on Monday.

In the place where the chaos erupted, the streets reopened on Monday and the police tape was removed.

Monuments with candles and flowers began to grow on the sidewalks where a video showed people screaming and running for refuge while shots were fired and others lying on the ground writhed in pain. A balloon had a message that said in part, “You will be forever in our hearts and thoughts. Nothing will ever be the same.”

A small bouquet of purple roses was dedicated to Davis, who lived on the street for years, with a note that said “Melinda Rest in Peace.”

Harris was a regular at the London nightclub near the scene of the shooting.

“My son was a very lively young man,” his mother, Pamela Harris, told KCRA-TV. “It’s fun to be around, he liked to party, smiling all the time. Don’t bother people. That this is crazy is crazy.… I don’t even feel like this is real. I feel like this is a dream.”

Alexander was a loving aunt who wanted to work with children as a social worker.

“She was just starting her life,” her father, John Alexander, told the Los Angeles Times, sobbing. “For all this nonsense shooting.”

Politicians have denounced the violence, and some Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have called for tougher action against gun violence.

California has some of the country’s toughest restrictions on firearms, which require background checks to buy weapons and ammunition, limits magazines to 10 bullets, and bans firearms that fall into its definition of assault weapons.

But state lawmakers plan to go further. A bill that will receive its first hearing on Tuesday would allow citizens to sue those who possess illegal weapons, a move inspired by a controversial Texas abortion bill.

Other proposed California legislation this year would make it easier for people to sue gun companies and target unregistered “ghost weapons.”

The California Assembly observed a moment of silence on Monday in honor of the victims.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, a Democrat representing Sacramento, said lawmakers could see the crime scene from the balcony of the building.

“Tragic is too small a word to describe what happened just two nights ago as a devastating loss to our city,” McCarty said.

Police were investigating whether the shooting was related to a street fight that erupted shortly before the shots exploded. Several people could be seen in videos breaking into a street lined with a luxury hotel, nightclubs and bars when the shots sent people scattered.

Scott, a hospice social worker who deals with death for a living, said she was not prepared for this kind of pain.

“I know the grieving process but, you know, this is my son,” he said. “It’s tragic and sudden. I just saw it, I only had it in my house. It has children. It has a wife.”

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This story corrected the spelling of the suspect’s first name for Dandrae, not Dandre,

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Associated Press writers Stefanie Dazio and Brian Melley in Los Angeles, Don Thompson in Sacramento, Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix, and News researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York City contributed to this story.

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