California lawmakers call for investments in crime prevention following Sacramento mass shooting

Days after a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento took the lives of six people and injured a dozen others, California lawmakers are meeting to call for immediate investments in crime prevention and healing services for victims. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar, along with state senators and assemblymembers, met at 10 am Wednesday on the steps of the California State Library and Courts building, where advocacy organizations announced a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom urging more than $3 billion in investments be made to crime prevention programs. Earlier Wednesday, the Sacramento Homeless Union held a press conference calling for more investments in the social safety net. The group’s president, Crystal Sanchez, accused the city of not reaching out to the unhoused community in the wake of the shooting and said she was “disgusted” that the Sacramento Kings games had continued while victims’ bodies were still lying in the streets.”This kind of incident causes PTSD. These people were running for their lives,” she said of people experiencing homelessness who witnessed the shooting. “Not all of them were injured. The trauma is still the same.”The shooting early Sunday morning killed three men and three women, and broke out after a large fight downtown, police said. | MORE | What we know about the 6 people killed in downtown Sacramento mass shootingSacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester told KCRA 3 that at least three buildings and three cars had been hit by gunfire, and more than 100 bullet casings were recovered from the scene. “been converted to a weapon capable of automatic gunfire,” police said. Two brothers have since been arrested in connection with the shooting.| MORE | Sacramento shooting: 2nd man arrested on gun charge, as his brother appears in courtOn Monday, 26- year-old Dandrae Martin was taken into custody and booked on charges of assault with a firearm and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. charge at Dandrae’s initial court appearance. Then on Tuesday, Sacramento police announced the arrest of Dandrae Martin’s brother, 27-year-old Smiley Martin, on charges that include possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun. Smiley Martin had posted a live Facebook video of himself brandishing a handgun hours before gunfire erupted, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. He will be booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail once he is released from the hospital. Investigators believe the brothers possessed stolen guns and are working to review financial documents, call records and social media messages to determine how and when they procured weapons, officials said.Police are encouraging community members to continue submitting photos or videos related to the investigation and have shared a QR code to do so. They have received more than 170 videos and photos so far.

Days after a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento took the lives of six people and injured a dozen others, California lawmakers are meeting to call for immediate investments in crime prevention and healing services for victims.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar, along with state senators and assemblymembers, met at 10 am Wednesday on the steps of the California State Library and Courts building, where advocacy organizations announced a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom urging more than $3 billion in investments be made to crime prevention programs.

Earlier Wednesday, the Sacramento Homeless Union held a press conference calling for more investments in the social safety net.

The group’s president, Crystal Sanchez, accused the city of not reaching out to the unhoused community in the wake of the shooting and said she was “disgusted” that the Sacramento Kings games had continued while victims’ bodies were still lying in the streets.

“This kind of incident causes PTSD. These people were running for their lives,” she said of people experiencing homelessness who witnessed the shooting. “Not all of them were injured. The trauma is still the same.”

The shooting early Sunday morning killed three men and three women, and broke out after a large fight downtown, police said.

| MORE | What we know about the 6 people killed in downtown Sacramento mass shooting

Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester told KCRA 3 that at least three buildings and three cars had been hit by gunfire, and more than 100 bullet casings were recovered from the scene. Officers also recovered a stolen handgun that was found to have “been converted to a weapon capable of automatic gunfire,” police said.

Two brothers have since been arrested in connection with the shooting.

| MORE | Sacramento shooting: 2nd man arrested on gun charge, as his brother appears in court

On Monday, 26-year-old Dandrae Martin was taken into custody and booked on charges of assault with a firearm and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office only read the firearm possession charge at Dandrae’s initial court appearance.

Then on Tuesday, Sacramento police announced the arrest of Dandrae Martin’s brother, 27-year-old Smiley Martin, on charges that include possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun.

Smiley Martin had posted a live Facebook video of himself brandishing a handgun hours before gunfire erupted, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Smiley Martin suffered serious injuries from the shooting and is currently in a nearby hospital for treatment. He will be booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail once he is released from the hospital.

Investigators believe the brothers possessed stolen guns and are working to review financial documents, call records and social media messages to determine how and when they procured weapons, officials said.

Police are encouraging community members to continue submitting photos or videos related to the investigation and have shared a QR code to do so. They have received more than 170 videos and photos so far.

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