Man To Stand Trial In Oakland Nightclub Fatal Shooting Rampage
OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — A 23-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he killed two people and attempted to kill five others during a shooting rampage at an Oakland restaurant.
A judge ruled at the end of a preliminary hearing on Wednesday that there was sufficient evidence for the case against Clem Thompkins to proceed to trial.
Thompkins has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting at Sweet Jimmie’s restaurant in Jack London Square in April 2011.
Authorities said Thompkins—a suspected gang member—fired an assault rifle into the restaurant and at a group of men he got into a fight with near the restaurant’s front doors.
Twenty-six-year-old Billie Jenkins and 22-year-old Adam Williams died. Both were fathers of young children and Williams was an after-school teacher’s aide at Peralta Elementary in Oakland.
Five others were wounded. Oakland police have said they don’t think any of the seven victims were the intended targets of the shooting.
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