A second person was arrested in connection with the deadly mass shooting early Sunday morning that took the lives of six people and injured a dozen others, according to the Sacramento Police Department.
The second suspect was identified as 27-year-old Smiley Martin, who was taken into custody Tuesday on charges that include possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun. He 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 is the brother of the first suspect arrested, 26-year-old Dandrae Martin, police said. Smiley Martin sustained 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. Police confirmed Dandrae was also injured during the shooting.
Authorities are trying to determine whether the weapon seen in the video posted on Smiley Martin’s account was used in the shooting, said the official, who was briefed on the investigation but could not discuss details publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
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, the official said.
Martin has had run-ins with the law in Sacramento County since at least 2013.
In a letter last year to the Board of Parole Hearings, the DA’s office called Smiley’s criminal conduct “violent and lengthy.”
They wrote that he committed several felony violations and had “little regard for human life and the law.”
The letter states that six months after his 18th birthday in 2013, Smiley was arrested and later sentenced after he was found with an assault weapon and large-capacity magazines. Later that year, he was also sentenced to two years in prison after a string of robberies, according to the DA’s Office.
Most recently, Smiley was serving a 10-year prison sentence after a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend.
The letter to the Board of Parole Hearings from the DA’s Office on April 29, 2021, asks for the denial of Smiley’s release. It stated, “If he is released early, he will continue to break the law.”
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Smiley went to prison in 2018 and was released on probation in February. They claim it was not an early release, saying he was awarded pre- and post-sentencing credits.