The Sacramento mass shooting

By: Naimat Davariar

SAN JOSE, CALIF– On April 3, 2022, a shooting occurred in Sacramento, California. Six were left dead by at least five gunmen, who were later learned to be associated with gang violence.

The shooting took place just after 2 a.m. PT and left six people dead, and 12 wounded. In the aftermath of Sunday’s shooting, three men have been arrested. Two of the men are brothers, Dandrae Martin, 26, and Smiley Martin, 27. The violence was a shootout between rival gangs in which five people fired weapons. Both brothers are associated with the Crips gang which are rivals with the Bloods gang. They were taken into custody, as the brothers are believed to be responsible for firing into the downtown crowd. The last man was in possession of a firearm which police said he was seen carrying a gun after the shooting that took place. However, the gun was not used during the time of the incident. No one has yet been charged with homicide in the shooting. Multiple cars and buildings were hit by bullets as terrified civilians were getting into cover. 

A student from Silver Creek High School has commented “This shooting was very sad and is horrible for the families associated with the victims to endure such pain. I can’t imagine experiencing such violence in person.” Neighborhood violence has been in Sacramento for many years now according to the people living there. In the capital city, there are still some long-standing gang feuds throughout the streets.

Officers last week said there were at least five gunmen involved in the shooting and only three have been arrested as of right now. They have used all leads at this point and are now looking for the community to provide information on where those two individuals can be. The search continues for the suspects as the Sacramento community is broken and in need of support.

A memorial was held the next day near the mass shooting that took place in Sacramento, California. (Photo credit: Naimat Davariar)

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