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Suspect In San Leandro Tattoo Party Killings Charged

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Three people were shot and 3 others injured in a San Leandro industrial area on the morning of October 2, 2011. (CBS)

Three people were shot and 3 others injured in a San Leandro industrial area on the morning of October 2, 2011. (CBS)

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HAYWARD (CBS SF) — One of the suspects in a shooting in San Leandro after a tattoo party this month that left three people dead and three others wounded was charged Monday with three counts of murder and four counts of willful, premeditated and deliberate attempted murder.

Paul Arthur Stevenson III, a 20-year-old man who was arrested at his family’s home in the 1900 block of 21st Avenue in Oakland early Thursday morning, also was charged with the special circumstance of committing multiple murders. He could face the death penalty if he’s convicted.

The shooting took place the morning of Oct. 2 after a party at a warehouse at 2661 Alvarado St. near Aladdin Avenue.

Police say that after the party, two suspects shot at a green Ford Explorer containing seven people, striking six, three of whom died from their injuries. The other three victims have since been released from the hospital.

The seventh victim ran from the car after the incident, but police later located him.

Killed in the shooting were 16-year-old Leneasha Northington, 19-year-old Shanice Kiel and 23-year-old Joshua Alford.

San Leandro police estimated that about 200 people attended the party, most in their late teens or early 20s, and that the party was heavily promoted on social media sites such as Facebook.

The party had ended by the time the shooting happened around 1:20 a.m., but there was still a large group of people in the parking lot, police said.

The city of San Leandro is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a second suspect, who has only been described as a black male who wore dark clothing.

No motive has been determined.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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