A suspect in the mass shooting in Sacramento’s downtown district early Sunday morning has been detained. The incident is being reported as the deadliest mass shooting in the California city’s history.
Dandrae Martin, 26, was charged with assault and unlawful firearm possession only one day after the shooting that left six people dead and 12 more injured. According to the Sacramento Police Department, other shooters are still being sought by detectives.
Only a few details about the early Sunday incident have been published by the police. Investigators are looking for information on other suspects and specific details about what happened.
While the victims range in age from 21 to 57, only the names of the six people killed in the tragedy have been released by police.
- Melinda Davis, 57
- Sergio Harris, 38
- Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32
- Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21
- Devazia Turner, 29
- Johntaya Alexander, 21
During the early investigation of the murder scene, authorities discovered that gunfire had struck at least three buildings and three cars in the area. More than a hundred shell casings were found.
Police and SWAT detectives executed search warrants at three homes in the vicinity following Martin’s detention. During the searches, at least one pistol was discovered.
Police have encouraged the public to submit any footage or images to the department’s evidence site in order to assist them in locating anyone who may have been involved in the horrible crime. There have been 100 video and photo files uploaded thus far.
“We are deeply grateful for that,” said Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester Sunday evening, referring to the tips.
A police camera stationed near the shootings captured footage of the mayhem. Police also discovered a stolen firearm from the scene.
According to the Sacramento Police Department’s Facebook page, gunfire erupted around 2 a.m. near the corner of 10th and K streets, close to the California State Capitol.
Police officers happened to be in the area when they heard the shots. They rushed to the scene to investigate and performed CPR on the victims.
A dispute between a huge gathering of people on a walkway at the location of the shooting was captured on cellphone videos that have been circulating online. People are seen fleeing for their lives when the first shots are fired, followed by dozens more. It’s unclear how that altercation is connected to the shooting.
Lester said that investigators found “hundreds of pieces of evidence at the scene.”
She added, “What happened last night is the biggest and most recent example of what we all know,” the police chief said. “Gun violence is truly a crisis in our community, and it has increased not only here in Sacramento but across the nation.”