Videos have emerged of the mass shooting in downtown Sacramento on Sunday morning, underscoring the chaos of the situation.
one shows a large group of people fight in the street, followed by quick gunfire. Another catches several volleys of gunfire, including a possible automatic weapon, before people run for their lives in the streets.
More than a day after filming, many questions remain unanswered. Police arrested a suspect on Monday. A motive is unclear.
Officials said at least 75 shots were fired.
What led to the shooting?
Video emerged showing a group of people fighting before shots were fired. Sacramento Police said they believed a fight may have sparked the shooting but were unsure what sparked the conflict.
“At this time, we do not know this information,” said police spokesman Zachary Eaton. “Our investigators are still working out what actually led to the fight. We are aware that there are some social media videos depicting a fight. We don’t know if that fight actually led to the shooting. We are still working on all these details.”
“There’s a video in the community that seems to show rapid fire,” he said. “But we’re still working through the investigator’s report, so I can’t confirm that now.”
What about the shooting itself?
Police searched for multiple shooters but did not say how many. One suspect, Dandre Martin, 26, was charged with assault and possession of an illegal firearm, authorities said, adding they had executed multiple search warrants and seized a handgun.
According to a law enforcement source, authorities suspect an unidentified person drove through the scene and opened fire on a crowd before fleeing. The official spoke to the Times on condition of anonymity to discuss the case openly.
At least one other person fired a gun, although it was not yet clear whether that person was in the car or fired back into the crowd. It wasn’t even certain if that was the only crime scene, as one victim was also being transported from another location a block away.
At least one pistol – later found stolen – was seized. The rapid firing heard on video suggested that an automatic weapon may have been used in addition to a semi-automatic weapon. However, a police spokesman declined to comment on the findings about the weapon, citing the ongoing investigation.
Three men and three women were killed on the street. Many more people were taken away in ambulances, and at least two people dragged themselves to hospitals to be treated for gunshot wounds.
When asked if any victims were targeted, Eaton said, “Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have an answer to that question. We will investigate. Of course, motive is always an important part of the investigation, so we will definitely look at that aspect.”
Regarding the pistol found, “I don’t have details as to what type of pistol it was,” Eaton said. “It was found in the scene we cordoned off downtown … I don’t know exactly where it was found, but I do know it was found in that scene.”
What do we know about the victims?
Among the dead are three men and three women. The youngest victims, Johntaya Alexander and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, were both 21 years old. The oldest victim, Melinda Davis, was 57, according to the Sacramento County coroner.
Also identified were Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; Devazia Turner, 29; and Sergio Harris, 38, who was previously identified by family members.
Seven of the 12 injured victims who were being treated in hospitals have reportedly been discharged.
Fred Harris Jr., 41, described his younger brother Sergio as “chubby and popular”.
“Everyone pretty much knew him and loved him for being who he was,” he said. “Anyone who knew Serg just knew he was out for a good time.”
He said Sergio is a father to three children, two girls and a boy.
Harris said everyone was “quite distraught” and that his phone had been dead all day.
“Everyone will remember Sergio, he was just a good guy, very popular in the community. He did everything for everyone.”
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-04/what-we-know-about-sacramento-mass-shooting What we know about the mass shooting in Sacramento that killed six people