OAKLAND -- A suspected West Oakland gang member, who authorities said thought he was firing at rivals, was charged Thursday with the April 25 shooting at Sweet Jimmie's restaurant in Jack London Square that left two men dead and five others wounded.
Authorities said Clem Tompkins, 22, was identified as the gunman by multiple witnesses. They said they also recovered the assault rifle used in the attack.
Killed were Oakland residents Billie Jenkins, 26, and Adam Williams, 22, both fathers of young children. Williams was an after-school teacher at Peralta Elementary School in Oakland.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office charged Tompkins with two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder, which all include gang enhancement clauses. He is due in court Friday afternoon.
Police are still seeking other members of the gang.
Richmond police arrested Tompkins on Wednesday morning in that city after SWAT officers raided a house where he was staying. Authorities said Tompkins is on parole for a weapons conviction and on probation for a drug conviction.
Authorities said Tompkins and several other gang members drove by Sweet Jimmie's on Broadway early April 25 and got into a verbal confrontation with members of a rival gang who were standing outside the eatery.
Tompkins and his associates drove off and the members of the rival gang also left. But Tompkins and the others returned a short time later
Tompkins got into an argument with someone at the entrance of the restaurant he mistook for a member of the rival gang before he began shooting indiscriminately, Oakland police Sgt. Tony Jones said.
Police said none of those killed or wounded belonged to a gang.
Prince Wilson, the stepfather of Adam Williams, said the joy he felt at news of the arrest was mixed with sadness. "Our son is still not here," he said.
Wilson said his son knew one of the victims, who is still hospitalized and cannot speak because a bullet punctured his skull.