Police have identified the six Sacramento shooting victims that were killed on Sunday. Six people were killed and 12 injured as police continue to look for the suspects. The victims were Johntaya Alexander, 21, Melinda Davis, 57, Sergio Harris, 38, Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32, Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21, and Devazia Turner, 29.
While the Sacramento community is mourning the victims, many are angry that another mass shooting has occurred. A motive for the shooting is unknown and police have not identified the shooter. Sacramento police believe multiple shooters were involved and the shooting could have been because of a fight that broke out shortly before.
Sacramento Police Chief Katherine Lester said, “We know that a large fight took place just prior to the shootings. And we have confirmed that there are multiple shooters.”
Since Sunday, officers have arrested one man with a possible connection to the shooting. Dandrae Martin, 26, has been named a “related suspect,” and according to reports, he was arrested on one count of illegal weapon possession and one count of assault.
It is still unclear if Martin has a direct connection to the shooting. Sacramento police released a statement about the investigation and said, “During the preliminary processing of the scene, investigators located at least three buildings and three vehicles that had been struck by gunfire. Additionally, investigators recovered over 100 expended shell casings at the scene.”
Parts of the shooting were captured on video, and according to reports, the fight broke out around 2 a.m. in downtown Sacramento near 10th and K streets. People were seen running from the scene while gunshots were heard in the background. Officers have recovered one handgun from the scene.
Of the 12 people who were injured, four were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Two injured victims were discharged overnight, according to a report by UC Davis Medical Center spokesperson Stephanie Winn. The condition of the other injured people has not been released.
Since the shooting, many of the Sacramento shooting victims’ families have spoken out about their loved ones.
Sergio Harris’ mother, Pamela Harris, spoke about the loss of her son. She said, “My son was a very vivacious young man. And for this to happen, it’s crazy. And I’m just to the point right now (where) I don’t know what to do. I don’t even think this is real.”
Leticia Harris, Sergio Harris’ wife, said that he was a good man who got caught in the crossfire. Harris was a landscaper and had three children, whom he loved.
“He was a happy guy, a family guy, loved his kids,” she said. “He was just having fun at a pub.” Harris’ cousin, Devazia Turner, was hanging out with Sergio Harris when the shooting happened. He was also killed.
Sunday’s shooting is the deadliest shooting in Sacramento’s history. California Attorney General Rob Bonta spoke to the public and said that people with any information about the suspects should come forward. Anyone with videos of the shootings should also turn them into police.
He said, “Enough is enough. The sickening gun violence plaguing our communities must end. There have been about as many mass shootings in America as days so far in 2022. My office continues our work to get illegal guns off our streets, hold those responsible for gun violence accountable, and push for — and defend in court — commonsense gun laws. This work is urgent. We must act now.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article had the suspect’s name spelled Dandre Martin. The error has since been corrected.