What a sad, sad, story…SMH
Police and prosecutors on Tuesday announced arrests in the July slaying of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine, who was gunned down while at a slumber party here in what authorities say was an attempted retaliation for the killing of a Berkeley man earlier in the evening.
The slaying of the girl, known by her family as “Ladybug,” shook a city that is in many ways numbed by a high crime rate, and prompted legislation now on the governor’s desk that would allow Oakland to create its own gun registry.
Oakland police said at a news conference Tuesday that they received help in their investigation of Alaysha’s slaying from Berkeley police and the state Department of Justice.
Charged with murder in her death were Darnell Williams Jr., 22, believed to be the shooter, and Joseph Carroll, 27. Williams faces lying-in-wait enhancements that make him eligible for the death penalty, prosecutors said.
According to a complaint filed by the Alameda County district attorney’s office, both have been charged with murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in connection with the July 17 incident, which left a 4-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl who lived in the home wounded along with their grandmother.
Why the HELL would anyone willfully shoot children?!?!
A police officer’s declaration says the shooting was planned as retaliation for the killing of Carroll’s cousin, Jermaine Davis, in Berkeley earlier that evening. Williams was close to Davis, whose “friends, family and associates … quickly focused on an adult male … who they believed killed Davis.”
The pair believed that the children of the target, whom authorities refer to as “John Doe,” lived in the Wilson Avenue house where Alaysha was visiting, along with their mother. Williams and Carroll armed themselves, according to the documents, and Williams rang the doorbell about 11:18 p.m. and “waited outside the door, pointing a firearm at the door.”
“As the children began to open the door, Williams fired numerous shots at the children through the doorway,” the declaration said.
In a world full of psychos and evil individuals, this is one of the most disturbing things we’ve ever heard of. Hopefully, these guys get sexually frustrated cell mates when they land in the whoscow.
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