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Two men arrested after allegedly starring in own crime video in Sacramento

Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez Booking photo, Sacramento Police Department

Two men who allegedly captured their criminal activities on video and posted it on the Internet were arrested Thursday after the video came to the attention of Sacramento police.

About 11 a.m. Thursday, police began receiving reports of the video, which was posted on social media. Police said it shows two men, later identified as Damon Batson, 28, and Carlos Gonzalez, 25, firing a gun in public. In the video, police said, Gonzalez appears to recklessly discharge the gun as a passenger in the front seat of a moving vehicle. Based on the video, police said, Batson is believed to have been driving the car when the gun was fired. No one was injured.

After learning of the video, detectives launched an investigation to identify the men shown in the video, as well as the time and location of the incident.

Detectives developed several leads, which resulted in a search warrant being served at an apartment in the 2200 block of Hurley Way. Gonzalez was found inside the apartment and Batson was located while driving a vehicle in the area. In searching the car Batson was driving, police located a gun believed to have been used in the shooting, which occurred in the early morning hours Thursday.

Both men were arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Batson was booked on suspicion of cultivating marijuana or hashish, possession of marijuana or hashish for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, receiving stolen property and weapons violations.

Gonzalez was booked on suspicion of gross negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of a loaded gun in public.