Bystander shot outside tattoo shop in Downtown Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - Shots rang out in downtown Sacramento Friday afternoon in the Alkali Flat neighborhood, outside a tattoo shop in the area 12th and D streets.

A woman in her 20s was shot in the leg. She was taken to a nearby hospital to get treatment and is expected to survive, Sacramento police said.

"She didn't have anything to do with any of that. She was just a regular pedestrian in the crossfire," said a man who witnessed the shooting.

Police said the shooting started with an argument among two groups of people gathered outside of the tattoo shop. According to the witness, two men decided to take it to the next level.

"He walks into the street and pulls out a gun. The other one pulls a gun too," the witness said.

Once the guns were out in the open, others ran for cover.

"So I ran inside the tattoo shop and ducked down for cover because they started shooting," the witness said. "Two times. I heard two shots."

The woman was standing in front of the grocery store when she was hit by a bullet. Police said Saturday she is believed to be connected to those in involved in the shooting.

"She was screaming. She had us call her mom," the witness said. "And then she was screaming on the phone."

Police said the suspected gunmen ran away from the scene, but was eventually arrested in a residential area a few blocks away, on the 1200 block of Delta Street. Demetrius Martin, 20, was booked into Sacramento County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and parole violation.

It is unclear how the argument started, but investigators don't think it was gang-related. They are still looking at the surveillance video and interviewing witnesses for more information.


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