OAKLAND — An 8-year-old girl who was at a sleepover with her friend was killed and two other children and their grandmother were wounded when someone opened fire at an apartment in Oakland late Wednesday night, police said.
The shooting occurred around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday in the city's Dimond District near Interstate 580. No arrests have been made and police have not identified any suspects or determined a motive, police spokeswoman officer Johnna Watson said Thursday.
Police have not named the girl, but her stepfather, Jesse Fowler, told KGO-TV Thursday that her name was Alaysha Carradine, of Oakland.
"I'm still in denial that she is really gone," Fowler told the station.
Khamel Hardin, 22, who lives in the apartment, told the Oakland Tribune that the three others also shot and wounded are his mother, Clara Field, 64, and her granddaughter Amara York, 7, and grandson Antoine York, 4. They are all hospitalized in stable condition and expected to recover. Another adult at the apartment was unharmed.
Hardin told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was getting ready to go to sleep when someone rang the doorbell and then about five to six shots rang out.
"It was like a bomb, an explosion, just going off so quick," Hardin said as he used a spray bottle to try cleaning up blood stains in the apartment. "I'm shocked."
Hardin said he had no idea why anyone would shoot up his home and doubted his family was the shooter's intended target.
"That what I don't know. I don't know. I don't need to know people like that," said Hardin adding that the family had moved there about nine months ago.
At the scene, officer Rob Rosin told the Tribune, "We really need the community to help in tracking down the suspect in this heinous and shocking crime."
Fowler said the shock of his stepdaughter being gone hit him while he was at the hospital.
"I'm used to her talking my ear off and she is not going to be there anymore. She has a younger brother who I have to raise without her now, so this is going to be difficult," Fowler said.
The young girl's death is Oakland's 54th homicide this year. A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.
Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com