Crime

Brothers held in K Street shooting linked to Garden Block Crips

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two brothers held on weapons charges in relation to a mass shooting outside of London Sacramento on Sunday are affiliated with a Crip set located in the city’s Meadowview neighborhood.

The Garden Block Crip ties of Dandrae Martin, 26, and his brother Smiley, 27, were revealed by an individual with direct knowledge of Sacramento’s gang community, who spoke with The Update on the condition of anonymity.

The individual’s tip was substantiated with a now-archived Facebook Live video where both brothers throw up signs, flash guns, and proclaim their gang affiliations several times. Also pictured in the livestream is a victim of the shooting, Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, who also tied himself to the same gang with loud exclamations of “Garden Block Crip”.

Police told ABC 10’s Chris Thomas that the younger Martin is suspected by authorities of being one of multiple shooters, indicating that the incident may have been a gang-related shootout between two groups with uninvolved people caught in the middle.

Police wouldn’t comment on the brother’s affiliations, citing the ongoing investigation.

After gunshots rang out in the area of 10th and K street around 2:00 AM, officers found over 100 shell casings and at least eighteen people suffering from gunshot wounds. Six of the victims, three men and three women, were pronounced dead on scene.

The names of the victims, released by the county coroner’s office, are as follows:

Devazia Pierre Marquise Turner, 29,

Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21,

Joshua Allen Hoye-Lucchesi, 32,

Sergio Xavier Harris, 38,

Melinda Lou Davis, 57, and

Johntaya Lavonja-Joi Alexander, 21.

In a statement released by the White House later that day, President Biden thanked the city’s first responders and called on congress to enact gun control, including banning ghost guns. He also advocated for a budget proposal to increase funding for crime prevention and police departments.

“Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” Biden said. “In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible.”

Dandrae was arrested the day after the shooting and is currently held without bail on a sole charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. His brother, Smiley, is in police custody as a person of interest at a local hospital.

Once his medical care is completed and he is “determined to be fit for incarceration”, police say, the older Smiley will be booked on felon in possession and machine gun charges.

Also booked on a weapons charge was 31-year-old Dayvionne Dawson, who posted $500,000 bond and was released the same day.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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