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Hookah lounge shooter sentenced to prison for death of friend

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department crime investigators gather evidence from an early morning shootout in the 1900 block of Fulton Ave. on July 13, 2014.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department crime investigators gather evidence from an early morning shootout in the 1900 block of Fulton Ave. on July 13, 2014. Sacramento Bee file

A man convicted of murder in a 2014 gunfight outside a Fulton Avenue hookah lounge has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

Salvador Martinez, 20, was found guilty in December of the shooting death of his friend Tyrell Lamont Hall. Hall was struck in the head by a stray round while ducking a barrage of gunfire in the parking lot of The Hookah Lounge Smoke Shop in the 1900 block of Fulton Avenue in July 2014. A Sacramento County jury found that Martinez personally used a firearm causing death. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Delbert Oros, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

A second defendant, James Wallace, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced in January to four years in prison, while a third defendant, Tana Dania, was acquitted of all charges.

Close to midnight on July 12, 2014, Hall went to the hookah lounge with several friends, including Martinez. Outside the lounge, an argument escalated into a fistfight and then a gunfight among several people, including Martinez, Dania and Wallace. Martinez was one of the shooters, setting off the gunfight, authorities said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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