DANDRAE Martin, 26, has been arrested as a “related suspect” in connection with Sunday's mass shooting in Sacramento that left six people dead and 12 more injured.
Martin was taken into custody and booked following the tragic shooting in downtown Sacramento, Police Chief Kathy Lester told KCRA on Monday afternoon.
The rapper was booked on charges of assault with a firearm and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, Lester said at the time. An initial news release by the Sacramento PD, listed Martin's name as Dandre.
“Right now that’s really all we’re able to share about him," she said.
"As you know this is a complex investigation and we’re looking for multiple suspects and so we’re currently working to identify what his role was the night of the shooting."
Chillingly, a post on Martin's social media early Sunday morning read: "Smh I’m hit…"
Members of Martin's friends and family commented, asking for the man to reach out to them. However, when news of the arrest broke, the public found Martin's social media and began flooding the comments.
Sacramento Police Department SWAT members and detectives have also served search warrants at three homes and recovered one handgun.
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There are no changes to the 12 surviving victims suffering from injuries, according to Lester.
Lester confirmed Monday that over 100 bullet casings were recovered at the scene of the shooting.
All six victims of the shooting, three men and three women, have been confirmed: 32-year-old Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi; 29-year-old Devazia Turner; 21-year-old Johntaya "JoJo "Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21; and father-of-two Sergio Harris, 38.
Investigators determined that at least three buildings and three vehicles were struck by gunfire.
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A video obtained by KCRA showed that a fight broke out involving at least three men just before the gunfire started around 2am.
"We know that a large fight took place just prior to the shooting and we have confirmed that there are multiple shooters," Lester said Sunday.
"The scale of violence that just happened in our city is unprecedented in my 27 years at the Sacramento Police Department."
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SPD shared their gratefulness to the community for the "overwhelming assistance that has been provided."
Over 100 videos and pictures have been submitted through the department's community evidence portal.
"We continue to encourage the community to use the community evidence portal to directly provide the department with photos and videos."
Pop stars and ex-Disney duo Aly & AJ revealed on Sunday that they were "caught in the crossfire" of the shooting while exiting a venue they had just performed at, but sheltered in place on their tour bus until the coast was clear.
“Distraught by the mass shooting last night outside the venue in Sacramento,” the sisters told Twitter on Sunday.
“We have to do something about gun violence in this country.”
President Joe Biden also made a statement on Sunday responding to the tragic shooting with calls for new gun laws.
“Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” Biden said.
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Police added: "We are aware of a social media video that appears to show an altercation that preceded the shooting.
"We are currently working to determine what, if any, relation these events have to the shooting."
Lester said that police were patrolling the area at around 2am when they heard gunfire.
She said that it is unclear whether the victims were specifically targeted, and added that the scene is "complex and complicated".
Family members waited outside the police lines seeking news about missing loved ones.
Among them was Pamela Harris, who said her daughter had called her at 2:15am to say that her son, Sergio, had been shot and killed outside a nightclub.
"She said he was dead. I just collapsed," Harris said.
The area where the shooting took place is packed with bars and restaurants and is just a few blocks from Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team.
Just hours before the shooting, rapper Tyler The Creator had performed at the arena in front of thousands of fans.
It is not known if any attendees were victims of the attack.
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“But we must do more than mourn; we must act.”
This is the second mass shooting that Sacramento has suffered in the past five weeks.
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