One of the men arrested for shooting dead six people in a wild gunfight in Sacramento on Sunday filmed himself on Facebook live brandishing a weapon hours before allegedly opening fire.
Smiley Martin, 27, appears in the video holding a black handgun which he pointed towards the camera. One of the guns used in the shooting was a stolen handgun, according to police.
He says little throughout the 38-second clip but other men can be heard in the background. Law enforcement wiped the video from his Facebook account after his arrest on Tuesday.
After he posted, a wild shooting spree broke out on the corner of 10th Street and K Street in Sacramento as bars and nightclubs let out for the night.
Witnesses described shooters firing indiscriminately at one another from cars and men running away from the scene with weapons in their hands.
Smiley Martin, 27, appears in the video holding a black handgun which he pointed towards the camera. He says little throughout the 38-second clip but other men can be heard in the background. Law enforcement wiped the video from his Facebook account after his arrest on Tuesday
Smiley showed off his belt and jeans sunken beneath his backside in the brief video clip
Martin, 27, is shown (left) in a social media photograph and (right) in his mugshot. Martin was among those injured. He was taken to the hospital but was arrested on Tuesday but has now been booked into the Sacramento County Jail
Six innocent people were killed in the crossfire, including a homeless woman who slept on the streets near where it happened.
Martin was among those injured. He was taken to the hospital but was arrested on Tuesday but has now been booked into the Sacramento County Jail.
His younger brother Dandrae has also been arrested on guns charges. He made his first court appearance in Sacramento yesterday afternoon.
A third suspect has also been arrested; Daviyonne Dawson, 31, is charged with carrying a gun near the scene of the shooting.
None have been charged with manslaughter or murder but the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office says it intends to file more charges.
Members of the public who were in the area at the time of the shooting have been asked to submit evidence to the Sacramento Police Department. Since the shooting, they have received more than 170 videos and photos.
Smiley is a career criminal with a lengthy record dating back to 2013, who last year was described by prosecutors as a danger to the community – and someone who should not be freed.
He was serving a 10-year sentence for domestic violence and assault with great bodily injury, according to the Sacramento Bee.
A letter from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to the Board of Parole Hearings on April 29, 2021, asked for the state DOC to deny Smiley’s request for early release from prison ‘as he poses a significant, unreasonable risk of safety to the community.’
In the letter, Danielle Abildgaard, the deputy district attorney, states that Smiley ‘clearly has little regard for human life and the law,’ and has displayed a pattern of criminal behavior his entire adult life as he has committed several felony violations.
The letter from the DA’s office says Smiley had prior felony convictions of robbery and possession of a firearm. He also had a prior misdemeanor conviction of providing false information to police.
‘Inmate Martin has demonstrated repeatedly that he cannot follow the laws, or conditions the court places on him,’ the letter states.
‘His history indicates that he will pursue his own personal agenda regardless of the consequences and regulatory restraints placed upon him.
‘If he is released early, he will continue to break the law.’
Despite this request, Smiley Martin was released in February. ‘Prior to reaching a CDCR facility, Martin had already received 508 days of pre-sentencing credits, and received a variety of additional post-sentencing credits,’ the spokesperson wrote in an email.
‘He was released to Sacramento County probation in February 2022.’
Dandrae was taken to the Sacramento County Jail on Monday night.
He is also being held on an outstanding warrant from the the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, according to inmate records obtained by DailyMail.com.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, Sacramento Police said: ‘Smiley Martin was quickly identified as a person of interest and has remained under the supervision of an officer at the hospital while his treatment continues.
Dandrae Martin, 26, is seen on Tuesday in court in Sacramento. He did not enter a plea
Witness video showed rapid gunfire of at least 76 shots ringing out over the course of 54 seconds as people screamed and ran for cover
The shooting broke out at 2.01am in downtown Sacramento after a brawl broke out on 10th Street
‘Based on information developed during this investigation, Smiley Martin was taken into custody by Sacramento Police Department detectives on April 5, 2022.
‘Once Smiley Martin’s medical care has been completed and he is determined to be fit for incarceration, he will be booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun.’
Police are still asking for photos and videos from the public. Since Sunday, officers say they have received more than 170 pieces of evidence.
In a statement on Monday, Schubert said she believes more people will be taken into custody.
She emphasized the fact that no one has been charged with murder or manslaughter. ‘The investigation is highly complex involving many witnesses, videos of numerous types and significant physical evidence.
‘This is an ongoing investigation and we anticipate more arrests in this case,’ she said.
Melinda Davis, 57, was sleeping rough in the center of the Californian state capital, and was among those who died in Sunday’s shooting in downtown Sacramento
Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32, and Johntaya ‘Jojo’ Alexander
Sergio Harris, left, and DeVazia Turner, right, have been named as two of the six people killed during a mass shooting outside a Sacramento bar in the early hours of Sunday