SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Within 72 hours of two brothers being shot inside Arden Fair Mall in the midst of Black Friday shoppers, Sacramento police and SWAT officers made an arrest.
The Sacramento Police Department said Monday 18-year-old Damario Beck was identified as the alleged gunman in a shooting that killed two teenage brothers.
“I lost my boys. They were good boys, you know,” said the brothers’ father, Dewayne James Sr.
Nineteen-year-old Dewayne James Jr. died at the scene. His brother, 17-year-old Sa’quan Reed-James, died at a local hospital.
“It’s a big hole in my heart now ‘cause my boys lost their life under my watch here,” James Sr. said.
“I just want everybody to know that my boys were loved and they were good boys and they wasn’t living a bad life. But all I know is they did get taken from this world living a good life,” said the boys’ mother, Jayda James. “No bad memories to look at, nothing but good. All I know is now I got my guardian angels and that’s all I’m going to need.”
Investigators say the shooting happened after words were exchanged between two groups who knew each other from previous interactions.
Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said his detectives worked nonstop through the weekend with the goal of making an arrest.
“But the real issue is why do we have young people across our country when they have a disagreement or they have an issue with somebody, are choosing to try to take somebody’s life? And when we address that, we will have less violence,” Chief Hahn said.
Dewayne Sr. said he wanted the 18-year-old suspect to know he forgives him.
“I’m sorry that you had to go through this, that your parents got to endure this. But I want your parents to know, I don’t hate you, bro,” he said.
The family wants to bury the boys back in their hometown in Louisiana. There is a GoFundMe page to help them.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Sacramento Police Department.