OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A suspected gang member was arraigned Friday on two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder for a shooting at a restaurant near Jack London Square in April that left two people dead and five people wounded.
Clem Thompkins, 22, also is charged with acting to benefit a criminal street gang, with using a firearm to cause deaths and great bodily injuries and with five street terrorism clauses.
Prosecutors said Thompkins would face life in prison if convicted of the charges. He did not enter a plea. Instead he will return to Alameda County Superior Court on Monday to be assigned an attorney.
Two men, 27-year-old William Jenkins of Oakland and 22-year-old Adam Williams of San Leandro, were killed in the shooting at Sweet Jimmie’s at 311 Broadway at 12:42 a.m. on April 25.
Both were fathers of young children and Williams was an after-school teacher’s aide at Peralta Elementary in Oakland.
Neither they, nor the other five wounded in the shooting, were the intended targets, according to Oakland police.
KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:
Authorities said Thompkins and several other gang members drove by Sweet Jimmie’s and got into an argument with members of a rival gang who were standing outside the restaurant.
Both Thompkins’ group and the members of the other gang also left, according to police.
Thompkins and his associates returned to the scene a short time later with an assault rifle and Thompkins shot into the restaurant indiscriminately, police said.
The other suspected gang members who were with Thompkins have not been arrested.
About 20 of Williams’ family members and friends, many wearing T-shirts emblazoned with his photo, attended Thompkins’ brief hearing.
At the end of the hearing, a woman who was a friend of Williams shouted to Thompkins, “Dead man walking!” The woman declined to give her name.
Darisha Fields, the mother of Williams’ 5-year-old son, Amari, said after the hearing that Thompkins “showed no feeling and snickered like it was funny” while he was in court.
Fields said of Williams, “I miss him a lot.”
She said her son has had difficulty in preschool, has had nightmares and had a tough time sleeping since Williams died.
Fields said Amari now “talks about hurting people” and has his first therapy session on Thursday.
She said the shooting “was a senseless killing” because all of the victims were innocent, not gang members.
Referring to Thompkins, Fields said, “There was a dummy on the loose and I’m glad he got caught.”
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