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Suspect arrested in Sacramento shooting that left 6 dead, 12 wounded

Dandrae Martin, 26, was booked on assault and illegal firearm possession charges, police say.

SACRAMENTO — Less than two blocks from California’s pristine state Capitol park, flowers, candles and stuffed animals dot the downtown sidewalks where six people were killed early Sunday in a mass shooting that injured 12 others. 

Shattered glass remained inside a shuttered jewelry store while friends and family gathered to remember their loved ones hours after authorities announced an arrest in the deadly shooting.

“This is not OK,” Patricia Powell said through heavy sobs. 

Her brother, DeVazia Turner, 29, was out Saturday night out with friends and his cousin, Sergio Harris, at the nearby London nightclub before he was killed. Harris, 38, was also killed.

“I’m not going to see him no more,” Powell cried.

Turner’s father, Frank Turner, shook his head as the family attempted to console Powell. He said his son was a devoted father of four with a “bubbly” personality that lit up any room he walked into.

“His whole life revolved around his kids,” Turner said Monday afternoon, standing near the site where his son was gunned down. “He was really a family man. That was his passion — his kids.”

Turner’s children, aged 10 to 3, are staying with Frank Turner, who said they are too young to fully grasp the tragedy.  

“They’re crying for their daddy. They’re screaming for their daddy,” Frank Turner said. 

“He was a very bubbly person,” Turner said. “He brought a smile to your face. You just liked to be around him.”

Earlier Monday, Dandrae Martin, 26, was booked on assault and illegal firearm possession charges, Sacramento police said.

As part of their investigation, authorities served search warrants at three residences, which turned up at least one handgun, police said. The surviving victims have wounds from minor to critical.

The shooting occurred in a bustling downtown area shortly after last call. Investigators believe multiple shooters opened fire in the wake of a large fight.

During the preliminary processing of the scene, police said, investigators identified at least three buildings and three vehicles that had been struck by gunfire. Investigators recovered more than 100 shell casings.

More than 100 video or photo files have been provided to investigators through the community evidence portal. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office will review all evidence to determine appropriate charges, police said.

Martin was booked into jail in Sacramento County on two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and a felony count of being a convicted person carrying a loaded firearm, according to online records from the sheriff's office.

It was not immediately clear Monday afternoon whether Martin had retained an attorney.

Martin also has an outstanding warrant from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, jail records said.

Martin pleaded guilty in October 2014 to a misdemeanor charge related to a domestic violence case, said a spokesperson with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Martin was sentenced to 30 days’ custody and 36 months of probation. He violated two terms of probation, and a $5,000 bench warrant was issued in October 2015, the spokesperson said.

DeVazia Turner. “His whole life revolved around his kids,” DeVazia Turner’s father, Frank Turner, said. “He was a bubby person who loved his family.”
DeVazia Turner. “His whole life revolved around his kids,” DeVazia Turner’s father, Frank Turner, said. “He was a bubby person who loved his family.”Courtesy Frank Turner

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office identified the four other victims as Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; Johntaya Alexander, 21; Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21; and Melinda Davis, 57, a homeless resident of a nearby park.

Kay Harris, 32, Harris’ sister, told The Associated Press that she had been asleep when a family member called her to say they feared her brother had been killed.

Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said officers near the scene heard the gunfire around 2 a.m. They rushed to the site, administered CPR and secured the scene, she said.

At least one city security video camera captured some of the violence, Lester said.

“The scale of violence that just happened in our city is unprecedented in my 27 years at the Sacramento Police Department,” Lester said.

President Joe Biden called on Congress for further action to address gun violence.

“Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” he said in a statement Sunday.

“But we must do more than mourn; we must act.”

Mayor Darrell Steinberg called the shooting “a senseless and unacceptable tragedy.”

“Can we not have a sane debate where, on one side of the line, you say that people who want to use firearms for sport or for hunting or, you know, with reasonable self-defense on one side of the line, and on the other side of the line we say there is absolutely no place for rapid-fire assault weapons anywhere, anyhow?” Steinberg asked. “I mean, can we have that? Can we make that distinction?”

Alicia Victoria Lozano reported from Sacramento. Antonio Planas and Elisha Fieldstadt reported from New York.