Three suspects were charged this morning in connection with the July 17 murder of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine, who was shot during a sleepover at a friend’s house in the Dimond neighborhood in Oakland.
District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said that alleged gang members Darnell Williams, 22, Joseph Carroll, 27, and Alquana Nuno were arrested in connection with the killing and will appear in court at 2 p.m.
Williams is being charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling. One murder count is for the killing on September 8 of a Berkeley man, Anthony Medearis, in which Williams is also accused of wounding a 7-year-old boy.
Carroll, who was arrested in Harris County, TX, also faces three charges of attempted murder and one charge of shooting at an inhabited dwelling.
Alaysha was at a friend’s house on July 17 when the doorbell rang and gunshots started coming through the door around 11:18 p.m. Three other people in the apartment were wounded, including Alaysha’s 7-year-old friend, her friend’s 4-year-old brother, and the 63-year-old grandmother of the siblings.
Police now believe that Williams and Carroll went to the residence in retaliation for an earlier shooting.
The lead investigator in the case, Officer Robert Rosin, revealed that a sketch of a suspect release on September 11 was that of Darnell Williams.
The passing of Alaysha, known as “Ladybug” to her family, rallied the Oakland community, and prompted community leaders to call for an end to violence.
“As mayor, I take every single shooting personally,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, adding that more arrests are possible. Mayor Quan also created a trust fund to help the surviving victims.
Sergeant Arturo Bautista, an Oakland Police Department spokesperson, said the investigation was still ongoing.