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More arrests made in downtown Sacramento mass shooting

Sacramento police still have hundreds of surveillance videos and social media posts to pore through before the investigation is complete.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Two days after the downtown Sacramento mass shooting that left six dead and a dozen wounded, authorities have arrested two more suspects. 

Early Tuesday, Sacramento police announced the arrest of 27-year-old Smiley Martin, who sustained serious injuries during the shooting and was taken to the hospital where he has remained under the supervision of an officer. He will be booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail when he's sufficiently recovered from his injuries on charges illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a machine gun. 

Smiley Martin's arrest comes on the heels of his brother Dandrae Martin's arrest Monday in connection to the shooting. The 26-year-old faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of a firearm and is currently being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Dandrae Martin's arrest came around the same time that three residential search warrants were issued to continue the investigation. During the execution of these warrants, police recovered handgun. 

Also Tuesday, authorities arrested Daviyonne Dawson, 31, who was found at the scene carrying a firearm. Though Dawson's involvement with the Sunday morning violence isn’t clear, police consider it a related arrest. Dawson faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm, though police do not believe it was used in the shooting. 

The mass shooting occurred Sunday morning around 2 a.m., when dozens of people headed into the streets around the Capitol as bars began to close. Police were already in the area and responded immediately to the shots being fired. Six people died at the scene and an additional 12 were wounded. 

The six victims have been identified as Sergio Harris, 38; DeVazia Turner, 29; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; Melinda Davis, 57; Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21; and Johntaya Alexander, 21. A vigil was held on Monday evening just one mile from the scene to remember the six lost and call on lawmakers, police, and communities to keep Sacramento safe. 

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” Sacramento Mayor Darrel Steinberg said at the Monday vigil. 

More than 100 shell casings have been recovered at the scene along with several firearms, and police have over 170 video and photo files related to the incident to go through. A police observation device did catch some of the scene of the shooting, but that footage has not been released yet due to concerns it may interfere with the ongoing investigation. 

“We want to thank the community for the overwhelming assistance that has been provided,” the Sacramento Police Department said in a statement, ending with a continued call to action for the public to send any related media files to investigators. 

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