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Salinas PD: Salinas man killed in Sacramento mass shooting was “known gang member”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KION-TV)-- A Salinas man that was killed in a Downtown Sacramento mass shooting in early April has been identified as being a suspect involved in the gang dispute that resulted in the shootout that left six people dead, according to new court documents.

In court documents filed on Friday by the Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s office, they claim that three deceased men were affiliated with gangs.

Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32 of Salinas, Devazia Turner, 29 and Sergio Harris, 38, were all involved in the gang dispute, and Turner even fired a gun, according to the court documents.

It is unclear if the other two deceased men fired a weapon but Sacramento police have said there were at least five suspected shooters in the April 3 incident.

Two of the suspects — brothers Smiley and Dandrae Martin — were wounded and are hospitalized or in jail. A third suspect, Mtula Payton, 27, has yet to be captured.

In a video on social posted hours before the shooting Hoye-Lucchesi can be seen with the Martin brothers posing with two handguns and a rifle.

In the video, Hoye-Lucchesi and Smiley Martin, 27, talk about going downtown while armed to loiter outside nightclubs and “boast about shooting rival gang members,” according to a 13-page document.

Hoye-Lucchesi and Smiley Martin are seen pledging their allegiance to a gang in the video as well.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Smiley Martin is seen exchanging gunfire with Devazia Turner, the documents said.

Martin allegedly fired 28 rounds from a Glock 19 and others returned fire and more than 100 shell casings were found on the streets, according to the court documents.

KION contacted Salinas Police and they confirmed having run-ins with Hoye-Luchessi on several occasions and confirmed at least three arrests.

The first know incident involving Hoye-Lucchesi was in early October of 2019 when he was arrested for having expired registration along with another person.10 oxycodone pills, over a half-ounce of heroin and over 2000 dollars were found in their possession in the Chinatown area of Salinas, according to police.

Salinas Police mugshot fo Joshua Hoye-Luchessi.

Hoye-Lucchesi was the driver in this incident and did not have a driver's license.

Both were arrested for sales of narcotics and conspiracy.

The second known instance was in late October of 2019 when he was found with several others in a tent in Chinatown.

"All of the subjects were lodged at Monterey County Jail for charges ranging from conspiracy, possession of narcotics for sales, weapons violations, and probation violations," said Salinas Police.

The last known incident was in May of 2020 for selling drugs. Where during a search of a tent and surrounding area the Salinas Police Violence Suppression Task Force found four ounces of heroin, scales, packaging and $2280 dollars on Hoye-Lucchesi's person, said Salinas Police.

Hoye-Lucchesi was arrested along with another person and Salinas police referred to both as known gang members.


An arrest has been made in relation to a deadly Downtown Sacramento mass shooting early Sunday morning that killed six people.

Dandre Martin, 26, has been arrested as a related suspect.

Sacramento Police Department SWAT and detectives served search warrants at three residences in the area, and at least one handgun was found.

Over 100 used shell casings were found at the scene and three buildings and three vehicles were found riddled with bullets, according to police

READ MORE: All 6 victims killed in the Sacramento mass shooting are identified as police hunt for suspects

12 other victims are still reported with minor to critical but stable injuries from gunshot wounds.

Of the six deceased victims,  Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32, of Salinas was one of the people who died at the scene.

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Ricardo Tovar

Assignment/ Web Manager for KION News Channel 5/46 and Telemundo 23


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