Sacramento police said Monday they arrested the man who shot and killed a well-liked Capitol staffer outside a downtown card room early Sunday before engaging in a wild shootout with a police officer.
The alleged shooter and two other men were arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder of a police officer and weapons charges, police said. Police did not identify the three suspects as they continue to seek witnesses to the shooting in the parking lot of Capitol Casino on North 16th Street.
Nicholas Broadway, 36, who worked for three governors and a state senator, was killed in the shooting. Police said Broadway had gone outside the card room at 1:37 a.m. after a fight broke out between two large groups.
Broadway was not involved in the altercation and “he appears to be an innocent bystander that was caught in the middle of a terribly tragic event,” said Sacramento police Officer Matthew McPhail.
No weapons were involved in the initial fight. But soon after the brawl was broken up by a Sacramento police officer, one of the suspects opened fire, striking Broadway, police said.
The officer, hired by Capitol Casino to provide security, fired at the suspect. The man fired back as the officer ducked for cover behind a parked pickup truck. The truck was struck by at least eight bullets, McPhail said.
The officer was not injured. “He may have saved several lives,” McPhail said.
Police had not determined why Broadway went outside after the altercation.
The Capitol staffer was remembered Monday for his warm personality and sense of humor.
“Sending lots of love to Nick Broadway’s family,” the press office of Gov. Jerry Brown wrote on Twitter. “He wasn’t just a colleague, he was a friend to so many of us. We’ll miss you, Nick.”
Jeff Macedo worked in the press office for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when Broadway worked in the governor’s mail room. Macedo recalled a Halloween several years ago when Broadway earned laughs during annual trick-or-treating in the Capitol. Broadway, who attended the event with his young son, dressed up as Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the movie “Pulp Fiction.”
“In our industry, there are a lot of people with sharp personalities,” Macedo said. “And he wasn’t like that. He was just a kind person, and I think people were drawn to that.”
Lauren Thurston, who worked with Broadway in the constituent-affairs office for Schwarzenegger, said he would text her every year on Mother’s Day or on her birthday. Thursday was Thurston’s birthday, and that was the last she heard from him, she said.
Jessica Hsiang Ng, who also worked with Broadway in the Schwarzenegger administration, said he was “a great colleague, a great father and someone who was extremely devoted to his family,” especially his son.
“He was in the office with a smile every day,” she said. “He was a good soul.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, Broadway served as a constituent-affairs files supervisor and mail room supervisor for Schwarzenegger from 2006 to 2011, then as a mail processing supervisor in Brown’s office from 2011 to 2013. Later, for more than a year, Broadway was the office manager for state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego.
Broadway previously worked as a staff assistant to Gov. Gray Davis from 1999 to 2003, according to his online profile.
John Masterson, an aide in the governor’s office through the Best Buddies nonprofit program, posted on Facebook Sunday: “I love you, Mr. Nick. I am going to miss you.”