Three people have been charged in connection with the murder of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine, who was shot during a sleepover at an apartment in Oakland’s Dimond District on July 17.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said at a news conference at Oakland police headquarters this morning that prosecutors believe the shooter was 22-year-old Darnell Williams.
Williams and a second suspect, 27-year-old Oakland resident Joe Carroll, have both been charged with murder for the killing. O’Malley said Carroll is believed to have helped plan the shooting.
Alaysha, who was about to enter the third grade at Fruitvale Elementary School, was killed when shots were fired through the front door of an apartment in the 3400 Wilson Street.
Three other people were injured in the shooting but survived, and Williams and Carroll were also each charged with three counts of attempted murder.
O’Malley said it appears the shooting was an act of retaliation for a previous gang-related shooting. She said the suspects were targeting someone inside the apartment but she did not say whom.
A third person, Laquana Nuno, has been charged as an accessory to Alaysha’s murder.
Williams, Carroll and Nuno have also all been charged with murder for the killing of 22-year-old Anthony Medearis in Berkeley on Sept. 8.
Medearis was gunned down in the 1400 block of Eighth Street at about 5:45 p.m. that day.
The three suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court this afternoon.
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