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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.

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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.”

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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.”


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