Police have arrested a second suspect in the Sacramento shooting that took place on Sunday. Smiley Martin, brother of Dandrae Martin, was one of the 12 wounded. He was arrested on Tuesday and accused of helping with the shooting.
The Sacramento Police Department released a statement after Smiley Martin’s arrest and said, “A second suspect has now been identified in this incident. 27-year-old Smiley Martin was located at the scene with serious injuries from gunfire and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.”
“Smiley Martin was quickly identified as a person of interest and has remained under the supervision of an officer at the hospital while his treatment continues,” the police said. “Based on information developed during this investigation, Smiley Martin was taken into custody by Sacramento Police Department detectives on April 5, 2022.”
Smiley Martin was arrested on possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and assault with a deadly weapon. It is unclear how the investigation led to Smiley Martin. The Sacramento shooting happened Sunday night near 10th and K streets. It left six victims dead and 12 wounded.
Neither Dandrae Martin nor Smiley Martin has been arrested for homicide in connection to the shooting. Dandrae Martin is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, according to court records.
Smiley Martin reportedly posted a 15-minute Facebook Live video Saturday night and showed himself holding a semiautomatic handgun. The video, which has since been deleted, was confirmed by Sacramento police.
According to police reports, the shooting happened at 2 a.m. on Sunday in downtown Sacramento. Witnesses reported that the shooting happened after a fight broke out in the crowd. Witnesses also said that some of the gunshots came from cars, while other shooters left the scene on foot.
Sacramento police believe that there are more shooters connected to Sunday night’s incident, and they anticipate more arrests in the future. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said, “This individual has not been arrested for any homicide related to this incident. The investigation is highly complex involving many witnesses, videos of numerous types and significant physical evidence. This is an ongoing investigation, and we anticipate more arrests in this case.”
Police are currently going through a lot of evidence to determine what happened. Police have reportedly collected over 100 shell casings from the scene and continue to go through over 170 videos and photos related to the shooting and its aftermath.
“Investigators continue to examine evidence, contact witnesses, and interview involved parties to gain a complete understanding of the incident,” police said. “As these processes occur, different and/or additional charges may apply. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing all evidence to determine appropriate charges.”
The six victims of the Sacramento shooting included Johntaya Alexander, 21, Melinda Davis, 57, Sergio Harris, 38, Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32, Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21, and Devazia Turner, 29.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg talked about the victims during a Monday vigil. He said, “So we gather here to remember the victims and to commit ourselves to doing all we can to ending the stain of violence, not only in our community but throughout the state, throughout the country, and throughout the world.”
It’s unclear if any of the victims were involved in the fight or were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Since the Sacramento shooting, many of the victims’ families have come forward to talk about their lost loved ones.
Devazia Turner’s mother, Penelope Scott, spoke to The Associated Press and said, “My son was walking down the street, and somebody started shooting, and he got shot. Why is that to happen? I feel like I’ve got a hole in my heart.”