Suspects shoot gun, plan homicide on Periscope, get arrested

SACRAMENTO, CA (Arden-Arcade) – Two men were arrested late Thursday evening  after an online video showed them firing a gun in public and plotting a homicide.

Sacramento Police say they arrested two men after a “disturbing” video on the popular live-streaming app Periscope started circulating the internet and was brought to their attention. The video depicted the men, ultimately identified as 28-year-old Damon Batson and 25-year-old Carlos Gonzalez, firing a gun in public. The video depicts Gonzalez, who is believed to have recklessly discharged the gun, while he was a front passenger of a moving vehicle. Fortunately no one was injured during the shooting. Based on evidence seen in the video Batson is believed to have been driving the car at the time Gonzalez fired the gun.

Police received several reports late Thursday morning, in which detectives were immediately advised, and an investigation quickly ensued into the identity of the suspects, possible location of the crime and when it occurred.

Soon after the video was reviewed, detectives established several leads in the case. The investigation rapidly evolved, resulting in the service of a search warrant at an apartment in the 2200 block of Hurley Way. Both men were detained late Thursday evening. Gonzalez was located inside of the apartment and Batson was located while driving a vehicle in the area.

Officers searched the car Batson was driving at the time he was detained and located the gun believed to have been used during the shooting seen in the video.

Suspect Carlos Gonzalez (pictured above on left), 25, was booked or the following charges: Gross negligent discharge of a firearm, Possession of a loaded gun in public.

Suspect Damon Batson (pictured above on right), 28, was booked or the following charges: Produce or cultivate Marijuana/Hashish, Possession of Marijuana/Hashish for sale, Possession of a controlled substance while armed w/ loaded firearm, Receiving stolen property, Weapons violation, Weapons violation.

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