Two Berkeley men have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Oakland earlier this month, and a third is still being sought by police.
The Oakland Police Department announced the Berkeley arrests, along with the arrests of two other men, from Richmond and Vallejo, Thursday morning in a press conference.
Police said the men are part of a gang called the 5 Finga Mafia, which is active in Berkeley and Oakland, according to media reports.
Arrested from Berkeley were 20-year-old Derrick McFadden and 23-year-old Aoderi Samad. It’s not the first time police have linked Samad to a shooting; he was arrested in Berkeley in 2013 when he reportedly opened fire on another man after a case of mistaken identity.
Police also arrested Kermit Tanner, 20, of Richmond and Anthony Wilson Jr., 25, of Vallejo.
All four arrests took place last week, July 21.
Police are still looking for a fifth man, 23-year-old Tyrone Terrell, who is from Berkeley but has ties to Sacramento, too. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. (Berkeley police identified him in 2011 as having been involved in a shoot-out on Sacramento Street.)
The Alameda County district attorney’s office has charged all five men with murder, police announced Thursday.
Police say the men are responsible for killing 24-year-old Anthony Stevens of Oakland earlier this month. Stevens was shot at about 10:30 a.m. July 9 at 92nd Avenue and International Boulevard in East Oakland.
Police were called to the scene for a report of gunfire. When they arrived, they found Stevens, who was suffering from fatal gunshot wounds.
Police said Thursday that Stevens was sitting in his car when five people pulled up to him. At least three opened fire, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Samad, McFadden and Wilson have been charged with shooting Stevens, while police say Tanner drove them to the scene of the killing.
The firearm enhancement could add 25 years to the sentences faced by Samad, McFadden and Wilson, according to Bay City News.
According to the Chronicle, the 5 Finga Mafia is “an infamous Berkeley street gang that also operates in North Oakland and West Oakland and is known for street robberies.”
Police arrested McFadden in the 1600 block of Harmon Street in Berkeley, where he lives, and the other three men were arrested in Vallejo, according to media reports. Authorities picked up Wilson, Samad and Tanner at Wilson’s home in the 200 block of Maine Street.
Wilson was convicted in 2010 in Alameda County of robbery, and Samad in 2012 in San Francisco of commercial burglary, according to court papers. Those convictions resulted in probation. The next year, Samad was convicted of having a firearm while on probation, which resulted in a prison term, according to court papers.
Both men are also facing a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Tanner has been charged with carrying a concealed firearm.
All four are being held without bail, according to online records from the sheriff’s office. Samad and McFadden are listed as in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, while Tanner and Wilson were reportedly at Glenn Dyer Jail in Oakland as of early Friday morning.
All four are scheduled to enter pleas Aug. 15.
The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to any other arrests in the case.
OPD has set up a toll-free tip line at 855-847-7247. Callers can also reach OPD at 510-238-3821, and Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
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