Gang member arrested in Berkeley shooting

Doran Williams, Jr.

An Oakland man who was wanted in connection with the shooting of two people sitting in a car in South Berkeley in May was arrested Wednesday night.

Oakland police officers arrested Doran Williams Jr.  after a brief foot chase. They had spotted Williams in a motel in Richmond and had followed him by car to Oakland. Williams fled from the car, and was arrested immediately.

Williams, 27, was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held in the Berkeley jail and will be arraigned today.

Williams is suspected of shooting a 39-year old man and 57-year-old woman as they sat in a car around 11 am on May 20 in the 1700 block of 63rd Street. Both of the victims were seriously injured. Their names were not released.


Berkeley police said Williams is a member of the North Oakland Bushrod gang that call themselves “Cold Gunnaz,” or “Bushrod Cold Gunnaz 59.”

It is one of a number of gangs in north Oakland that are involved in an ongoing Oakland/Berkeley feud. The other Oakland gangs include the Gaskill Maniacs, ASAP/FT, 600 The 6 and 6100, police told the Oakland Local website.

Berkeley police are still investigating whether the shooting is related to the border feud. They also do not know if there is a connection between the May 20 shooting and June 3 murder of Kenneth Jerome Tims, Jr. , who was shot around 6 pm as he was walking in the area of King and 62nd street.

The Oakland city attorney recently won court permission to file an injunction against 15 members of the Northside Oakland gang. The legal maneuver prohibits the gang members from congregating in public.

Williams was not one of those targeted in legal papers, but his name does appear in court documents as someone who associates with the north Oakland gang.


Williams grew up in Berkeley.