OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Two people have been charged in connection with the murder of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine, who was shot during a sleepover at an apartment in Oakland’s Dimond District on July 17.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said at a news conference at Oakland police headquarters Tuesday morning that prosecutors believe the shooter was 22-year-old Darnell Williams.
Williams and a second suspect, 27-year-old Oakland resident Joseph Carroll, have both been charged with murder for the killing. O’Malley said Carroll is believed to have helped plan the shooting.
Alaysha, who was about to enter the third grade at Fruitvale Elementary School, was killed when shots were fired through the front door of an apartment in the 3400 block of Wilson Avenue.
Alaysha’s mother, Chiquita, spoke out at Tuesday’s arraignment. She said she hopes the people charged in connection with her daughter’s murder are convicted and spend the rest of their lives in jail.
“I’m pissed, but I’m excited. I’ve been waiting for this day since I got the phone call that she was dead. I’m ready. I’m ready to fight.” said Chiquita. “I’m here at every court date, every parole hearing. I don’t get to see no years, more with my daughter and I don’t want them to see anymore light on the street. I want complete justice for my daughter.”
She said she’s also angry at the father of Alaysha’s friends who she said never came forward to help police with the investigation.
Three other people were injured in the shooting but survived, and Williams and Carroll were also each charged with three counts of attempted murder.
O’Malley said it appears the shooting was an act of retaliation for a previous gang-related shooting. She said the suspects were targeting someone inside the apartment but she did not say whom.
During the course of the investigation, OPD developed information that several related suspects were conspiring to commit an additional murder, which officers say they were able to prevent from taking place.