Feds Indict Gang Members In Oakland Shooting That Killed Baby

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Three alleged gang members were facing charges in connection with a shooting during the filming of rap video in Oakland that claimed a toddler’s life.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced on Friday that 32-year-old Dionte Houff and 23-year-old Houston Nathaniel III were indicted by a federal grand jury on murder, assault, weapons violations and racketeering charges.

The third defendant, 16-year-old Frederick Coleman, was facing similar charges in Alameda County. He has been charged as an adult.  Investigators believe Coleman shot the toddler.

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Bullet casings from a shooting in West Oakland that killed a one-year-old and injured 6 others on November 28, 2011. (CBS)

The three alleged Acorn gang members are accused of opening fire on a group in west Oakland on Nov. 28. One-year-old Hiram Lawrence was shot in the head while in his father’s arms. He was taken off life support in December.

Six others, including his father, were wounded.

The gunfire erupted after completion of a music video shoot outside a market.

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