Mtula Payton, fugitive suspect and alleged gang member in Sacramento mass shooting, found in Las Vegas, Nevada

LAS VEGAS — A suspect who has been on the run since a mass shooting killed six people last month during a suspected gang row in the California capital has been arrested in Las Vegas, authorities said.

Investigators believe Mtula Payton was one of the suspected gang members who opened fire on April 3 in downtown Sacramento. He was taken into custody at an apartment complex, the Sacramento Police Department said in a statement Saturday night.

“The Las Vegas Metro Police Department worked with our detectives for weeks to locate Payton,” the statement said.

It was not known as of Sunday if Payton has an attorney who could speak for him.

Payton and two others, brothers Smiley Martin and Dandrae Martin, were charged this month with murder in the murders and weapons offence.

Investigators didn’t offer a motive, but said in court documents that hours before the shooting, Smiley Martin and his companions captured online video of them flashing guns and talking trash from a location in rival gangs’ territory. In it, they explain their plans to go downtown to open fire.

Three men suspected to be gang members and three women believed to be innocent bystanders died in the shooting, which took place as bar and nightclub patrons crowded downtown streets. A dozen other people were injured.

The Martin brothers, who were among the wounded, remain imprisoned. The brothers’ lawyers have yet to comment on their charges.

Payton, who police say is a member of a rival gang, was being held in a Nevada jail pending transport back to California.

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Laura Coffey

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