Suspect arrested after gunmen opened fire on crowds leaving nightclubs

Sacramento Police have said they have made an arrest in connection with a mass shooting in California’s state capital during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police said that more than 100 shots were fired in the shooting, which killed six people and left 12 wounded.

Dandrae Martin, 26, has been arrested as a “related suspect” on assault and illegal firearms charges, police said.

Three men and three women were killed in the shooting which left 12 others injured. Pic: AP
Image:Three men and three women were killed in the shooting which left 12 others injured. Pic: AP

Detectives and SWAT team members found a handgun during searches of three homes in the area.

Earlier, authorities said they were looking for multiple suspects following the shooting at around 2am.

Gunfire erupted just after a fight broke out on a street lined with an upscale hotel, nightclubs and bars, and police said they are investigating whether the row is connected to the shooting.

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Of the 12 people wounded, at least four suffered critical injuries, the Sacramento Fire Department said

Witness videos on social media show rapid gunfire for at least 45 seconds with people screaming and running for cover.

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The victims were identified on Monday by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Devazia Turner 29; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; Sergio Harris, 38; Johntaya Alexander, 21; Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21; and Melinda Davis, 57.

Authorities gather near scene of a mass shooting that claimed several lives in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Image:Authorities gather near the scene of a mass shooting that claimed several lives in Sacramento. Pic: AP

Of the 12 people wounded, at least four suffered critical injuries, the Sacramento Fire Department said.

On Monday, at the scene where the chaos erupted, candles, balloons and flowers were laid on the ground paying tribute to the victims.

A person passes a memorial near the location of a mass shooting in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 4, 2022. Multiple people were killed and injured in the shooting a day earlier. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Image:Tributes have been laid for victims of the shooting. Pic: AP

After the shooting, Sacramento’s mayor Darrell Steinberg spoke about increasing levels of violence in the city and said “we can never accept it as normal and we never will”.

President Joe Biden also called for action on gun crime on Sunday.

“Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” he said. “But we must do more than mourn; we must act.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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