What we know now about the downtown Sacramento shooting that left 6 dead
Updated: 9:12 AM PDT May 30, 2022
WE WILL BRING YOU ANY NEW INFORMATION AS SOON AS IT COMES INTO OUR NEWSROOM. ANDR:EA ANOTHER MAJOR STORY WE’RE FOLLOWING TONIG.HT TH’RE FOLLOWING TONIG.HT E SACRAMENTO COUNTY D.A. OFFICIALLY FILING MURDER CHARGES AGAINST THREE MEN IN LAST MONTHS DEADLY SHOOTING ON K STREET. AND EXPLAINING WHY IT TOOK SO LONG TO MAKE THOSE CHARGES OFFICIAL. >> SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED. 12 ADDITIONAL PEOPLE WERE SHOT. THERE WERE AT LEAST 70 TO 80 PEOPLE IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHOOTING. ANDREA: SMILEY MARTIN, HIS BROTHER DANDRAE MARTIN AND MTULA PAYTON HAVE ALL NOW BEEN CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF MURDER IN CONNECTION TO THE SHOOTING. GULSTAN: POLICE ALSO RELEASED NEW EVIDENCE IN THE SHOOTING, SHOWING WHERE ALL THREE MEN WE.RE STREET TONIGHT WITH THE NEW — KCRA 3’S MELANIE WINGO IS LI VE ON STK REET TONIGHT WITH THE NEW INFORMATION. MELANIE: THE K STREET SHOOTING HAPPENED EXACTLY ONE MONTH AGO TOY. NOW WE’RE LEARNING HOW THOSE INVOLVED ARE BEING HELD ACCOUNTAE.BL SACRAMENTO POLICE AND SACRAMENTO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ANNOUNCING IN A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE WHAT THEY’RE CALLING A SIGNIFICANT UPDATE ON THE K STREET SHOOTING CASE. SMILEY MARTIN, DANDRAE MARTIN AND MTULA PAONYT, NOW CHARGED WITH OPENING FIRE IN DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO, IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF APRIL 3. >> THIS WAS A GUN BATTLE BWEETEN TWO RIVAL GANGS. THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT THE RIVAL GANG MEMBERS AEDRM THEMSELVES WITH WEAPONS. MELANIE: IN A 62-PAGE COURT FILING, THE EXTENSIVE CHARGES THE MEN FACE OUTLINED IN DETL.AI ALL THREE MEN CHARGED WITH THE MUERRDS OF THE THREE FEMALE VICTIMS, MELIDA DAVIS, YAMILE MARTINEZ AND JONTAYA ALEXANDER. SMILEY MARTIN, DANDRE MARTIN AND MTOULA PAYTON ALSO FACING ENHANCED CHARGES FOR USE OF 9 MILLIMETERFU, LLY-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. AND FOBEINR G FELONS IN POSSESSION OF WEAPONS. >> ALL THREE OF THESE DEFENDANTS AS IT RELATES TO THE SHOOTING DOWNTOWN HAVE ALLEGATIONS OF SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FOR MULTIPLE MURDERS WHICH MNSEA THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. MELANIE: WE’RE ALSO GETTING OUR FIRST LOOK AT SURVEILLANCE IMAGES FROM THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING COLLECTED BY SACRAMENTO POLICE THAT WERE INCLUDED IN THE COURT FILING. THIS IMAGE, SHOWING BROTHERS SMILEY AND D’ANDRE MARTIN HANGING OUT ON K-STREET SHORTLY AFTER 1:00 IN THE MORNING. THEN AT 2:00 A..M INVESTIGATORS SAY DANDRAE MARTIN STARTS FIRING HIS GUN NEAR THE CORNER OF 10TH AND K STREET WITH SMILEY MARTIN NEAR.BY AN IMAGE CAPTURED JUST SECONDS LATER SHOWS MTULA PAYTON’S ARM OUTSTRETCHED FIRING HIS GUN WHILE RUNNING. A MINUTE LATER. INVESTIGATORSAS Y SMIL MEYARTIN IS SEEN WALKING PAST AN ALCOVE ON K STREET TOSSING A HANDN.GU AS FOR THE THREE MEN WHO WERE ALSO KILLED IN THE K-STREET SHOOTING. D.A. SCHUBERT WAS ASKED TO EXPLAIN WHY THE SUSPECTS AREN’T FACING CHARGES IN CONNECTIONO T THE DEATHS OF THOSE MEN WHO INVESTIGATORS SAY HAD TIES TO GANGS AND TO POKART IN THE SHOOTING. SHE SAYS IT COMES DOWN TO THE WAY CALIFORNIA LAWS I STRUCTURED.>> WHEN INDIVIDUALSRE A INVOLVED IN AUN G BATTLE, AND THEY KILL INNOCENT BYSTANDERS, ALL PARTICIPAN ITSN THE GUNBATTLE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF THOSE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHOSE BULLET KILLED WHO. MELANIE: ALSTOO DAY, D..A SCHUBERT ANNOUNCING MTULA PAYTON IS NAMED IN A SECOND COURT FILI.NG HE’S FACING THREE COUNTS OF EDD FRAUD. SHE SAYS HE DEFRDED AUTHE STATE’S EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT OF ROUGHLY $45,000. THAT HAPPENING BETWEEN JULY OF 2020 WHILE HE WAS INCARCERATED IN STATE PRISON AND AUGUST OF 2020S WE
What we know now about the downtown Sacramento shooting that left 6 dead
Updated: 9:12 AM PDT May 30, 2022
A deadly shooting between what police are calling rival gangs broke out in downtown Sacramento on April 3, 2022, killing six people and injuring a dozen others. Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting. All face murder charges.
Here is what we have learned so far about the investigation.
WARNING: Videos in this story are graphic and may be upsetting to some
Shots rang out moments after a large fight on K Street around 2 a.m. when bars in the area were closing down for the night.
In video shared with KCRA 3, more than 70 gunshots could be heard as people ran to safety into nearby streets and alleyways. Altogether, police said they found more than 100 bullet casings at the scene.
The coroner’s office in Sacramento County identified the three men and three women who were killed as:
WHERE THE FIGHT BROKE OUT
Video shared with KCRA 3 (See video above) shows a large fight break out on 10th Street near the entrance of the El Santo Ultralounge.
Dozens of people are seen fighting on the sidewalk and street before shots are heard and the crowd begins to scatter.
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The cellphone video shows the group run down 10th Street and into Kayak Alley as the sound of gunshots continues in the distance.
A second video (See video above) shared with KCRA 3 shows a different angle of the same moment. The video taken closer to 10th and L streets is a further shot of people passing through Kayak Alley and running into Capitol Parking Garage.
A black car is seen turning into Kayak Alley, and another dark blue vehicle to the left of the video stops while some people get inside.
WHERE POLICE ARE SEEN
Video taken from the El Cortez Apartments on 11th Street and Kayak Alley (See video above) shows a higher vantage point of people running away and officers running to and from the scene of the shooting.
Several police vehicles are seen pulling up to K Street, and an officer is seen running north up 11th Street with a rifle. Police cars with sirens and flashing lights then drive up 11th Street and turn left on K Street.
Police said officers responded quickly because they were already patrolling in the area.
THE SHOOTING TIMELINE, ACCORDING TO PROSECUTORS
It took less than four minutes for six people to lose their lives that early April morning. Here’s a timeline of some of what prosecutors argue, based on court documents released.
| MORE | Read court documents and see surveillance images from the night of the shooting here
DeVazia Turner and Mtula Payton are seen on surveillance video arriving in a white Chevrolet Equinox and a dark gray Ford Mustang outside Rodney’s Cigar and Liquor Store.
Sergio Harris is seen parking his Jaguar sedan in front of Rodney’s Liquor, behind Turner and Payton’s vehicles.
Turner and Payton walk southbound down 10th Street and arrive at the District 30 nightclub at 1022 K Street, and their photographs are taken as part of the club’s security system.
Surveillance footage shows Joshua Hoye, Smiley Martin and Dandrae Martin walking southbound on 11th Street, crossing over Jazz Alley.
Dandrae Martin and Smiley Martin scan into the District 30 nightclub, but do not appear to have entered the club. They loiter outside with Hoye, eventually making their way across the street from the nightclub.
Payton and Turner exit the District 30 nightclub and walk across the street to Hoye and the Martin brothers. They speak for about two minutes before Turner and Payton walk away.
Hoye and the Martin brothers walk up to Turner and Payton, who are standing in front of the Crest Theatre. About three minutes later, Payton motions with his right arm in the are and appears to wave for additional people to join him, before heading west on K Street toward his Chevrolet Equinox. He then retrieves something from his car, puts it in his sweatshirt and walks back in the direction he came.
Payton is stopped by two people on the east side sidewalk of 10th Street. He talks to them and points south toward the intersection of 10th and K streets, before breaking away and heading south on 10th Street. Those two people who stopped Payton walk up to Harris to talk to him, and point south toward K Street. Harris responds by motioning with his head to follow him as he walked down the sidewalk.
Payton and Turner are recorded on the corner of Sharif Jewelers, located on the northeast intersection of 10th and K streets. Three minutes later, Hoye and the Martin brothers make their way to that area amongst a crowd.
Turner was standing in the northeast intersection of K and 10th streets with about 80 other people.
Turner, Harris and Payton headed north on 10th Street. At that same exact time, Dandrae and Smiley Martin were walking from J down toward the intersection.
Eight seconds later, people are seen running from the area.
Police say that at this point, everyone who was involved in the incident was standing on the northeast intersection of K and 10th, standing only feet away from each other.
Police said that Hoye, standing next to Smiley Martin, started pointing at rival gang members Payton and Turner. Officers also said it appeared as though Hoye was holding a dark object in his hand consistent with a black firearm.
Police say Payton turned his back on his rivals and went reaching for something in his waistband.
Harris crosses K Street to head toward his friends, Turner and Payton.
One of the victims, Johntaya Alexander parked her car, walked across the street to Harris to get her sister.
Detectives say Smiley Martin had a gun in his left hand with an extended magazine.
Surveillance footage shows muzzle flashes coming from the area of Turner and Harris. In all the gunfire, six people were killed, including Turner. Police say Smiley Martin fired his gun at least 28 times.
Yamile Martinez is seen falling behind Hoye and Smiley Martin.
Turner is then seen backpedaling and heading northbound on 10th Street with his arm extended and firing multiple rounds at the Martin brothers.
Smiley Martin is seen stepping to the west and firing his handgun toward the north, which detectives recognized as being consistent with a full-automatic gun firing, toward Harris and Turner.
Dandrae Martin fires a handgun north in the direction of Harris and Turner, and Payton is seen falling down and scrambling to get up.
Hoye is seen falling to the ground along Sharif Jewelers’ south wall
Payton is seen running northbound on 10th Street and firing a handgun toward 10th and K streets.
Payton continues to run northbound while firing a handgun southbound before turning the corner on J Street, getting into his white Chevrolet Equinox and fleeing the scene.
WHERE EVIDENCE WAS FOUND AFTER
KCRA 3’s Lisa Gonzales walked viewers through the area of the shooting in the days after. A pole in front of Sharif’s Jewelers had a bullet hole in the middle and at the bottom of it.
A separate pole, also near Sharif’s, had two bullet holes toward the base.
Thirty-eight evidence markers and a broken window were found at a building on 10th and L streets, across the streets from Starbucks and the Capitol Garage.
The Grange restaurant attached to the Citizen Hotel at 10th and J streets was also hit and was boarded up.
Evidence markers were found all along 10th Street from London Bar down to L Street.
WHERE PEOPLE WERE SHOT
Several of the people killed were shot in front of Sharif’s Jewelers.
Harris, Turner, Alexander and Davis were all shot and killed north of the intersection of 10th and K streets.
Martinez and Hoye were both shot and killed to the south and east of the northeast corner of the intersection of 10th and K streets, according to court documents.
WHO WAS ARRESTED & WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE
Just days after the investigation began, police made the announcement that at least five shooters were involved in the killings. Officials with the Sacramento Police Department added that they were certain that “gangs and gang violence are inseparable from the events that drove these shootings.”
Two people were arrested in connection to the shootings in the days after — the Martin brothers. Dandrae Martin, 26, was arrested the day after the shooting on charges of assault with a firearm and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. His brother, 27-year-old Smiley Martin, was arrested on charges that include possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun.
A third suspected gunman was identified as Payton, who was taken into custody May 28 while staying in an apartment complex in Las Vegas.
On May 3, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that all three were being charged with murder in the deaths of the three women who were killed in the gun battle, saying that it did not matter who fired the gun.
“When individuals are involved in a gun battle and they kill innocent bystanders, all participants in that gun battle are responsible for the death of those innocent bystanders,” said Schubert. “It doesn’t matter whose bullet killed who.”
The other three people killed in the shooting were Turner, Harris and Hoye. They are not considered victims because of a California law that holds all participants of a shootout responsible for the deaths of any bystanders, Schubert said.
Public defender Norman Dawson said after the Martin brothers heard the murder charges read in court that it would take several weeks before he was able to receive documents and video that he needed. As a result it’s too early to comment on legal strategy, he said.
“As everybody is well aware, these are very, very complex cases with a great deal of information,” public defender Norman Dawson said.