18-year-old arrested in deadly Sacramento mall shooting

Police stand outside Arden Fair Mall after a shooting that two people dead on Friday.
Police stand outside Arden Fair Mall after a shooting that left two people dead on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days.
(Associated Press )

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a Black Friday shooting at a Sacramento mall that killed two brothers, police said Monday.

Damario Beck is being held for the attack at the Arden Fair Mall that killed 17-year-old Sa’Quan Reed-James and 19-year-old Dewayne James Jr.

The shooting erupted after a “verbal altercation” between two groups of people who knew each other, police tweeted.


Other details weren’t immediately provided.

But the Sacramento Bee reported that video footage it reviewed Monday showed one person in each group had a handgun and they fired at each other as bystanders ran.

Beck was booked on two counts of murder and remained jailed. It wasn’t immediately known whether he has a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

At a news conference, relatives of the slain brothers said the family had moved to Sacramento a year ago from Monroe, La., to find a better life.

“My boys were loved,” said their mother, Jayda James. “They weren’t living a bad life. I have no bad memories. Only good.”

The brothers’ father, Dewayne James Sr., said he had “nothing bad to say“ to the suspect but just wished he would have chosen “another route.“

“I forgive you, son. I want your parents to know that I don’t hate you,” he said, adding: “I hate you chose wrong. Now your parents are suffering and I feel your parents’ pain, just like I’m hurting.”