OAKLAND -- Grand Lake residents and merchants raised concerns and offered safety recommendations at a meeting with police Wednesday morning following a double homicide at a Lake Park Avenue eatery on Monday night.
Oakland police Area 2 Capt. Anthony Toribio and Area 3 Capt. Rick Orozco were both present to discuss the homicide and to address community concerns. Some merchants said this will have an impact on business operation, while others stressed the need for a higher police presence in the area.
The shooting took place just before midnight Monday, when two individuals entered Wingstop and ran to the back of the restaurant, where they entered a refrigerated area. Two employees went to investigate, at which point one of the individuals shot and mortally wounded the two employees, Toribio said.
Jamaine Gurley, 21, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of murder at his Oakland home early Tuesday in connection with the killing and remains in custody in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail, according to the jail records.
The Alameda County District Attorney's office is reviewing the case and charges are expected Friday, said Alameda County District Attorney's office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick. Gurley is scheduled to be in court at 2 p.m. Friday for arraignment.
Officers identified a second man who was with Gurley after reviewing surveillance video and receiving witness information. Police are still investigating, but the incident was not an attempted robbery or premeditated, Toribio said. The second man with Gurley has not been arrested.
At the meeting, Toribio said officers have increased bicycle and foot patrols in the area. Next week, the patrols will increase from two to three days a week.
"We want to saturate these areas and be visible to the community, as well as a deterrent to those that want to come in here and engage in criminal acts," Toribio said.
Additionally, Toribio said that undercover officers are being used more in the area as well as additional robbery and burglary enforcement operations. Also in the works is a crime response team, a group of officers who can be directed to high crime areas. Toribio said he expects to have a team in place by late August.
Dick and Linda Moore have lived in the area for almost 27 years and said it's shocking how close to home this was. Despite the shooting, the couple said they are hopeful that with the police department's proposed changes it will get better.
"I guess you hear about this in East Oakland and West Oakland and you don't expect to hear it here, but obviously we're as vulnerable as they are," Dick Moore said. "I'm very optimistic with the response team that this is going to change."
However, some merchants expressed concerns during the meeting about police response and presence in the area.
Jen Louise Dunning and Laura Johnson are both managers at Boot and Shoe Service, located on Grand Avenue, and are no strangers to crime in the area. Dunning said 50 percent of their employees have had their cars broken into or have been mugged. "There's obviously a problem and it seems to me that the sheer number of police officers in the city are not sufficient," Johnson said.
Both Dunning and Johnson said officers should better patrol the parking lot behind their restaurant and even put up motion sensors to deter individuals from loitering in the area.
Sloane Noel-Johnson, manager of Grand Lake Coffee House, located on Grand Avenue, said the shootings played a role in her decision to close earlier, at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. Noel-Johnson said she's¿ trying to stay open while it's light in order to prevent dangerous situations.
"I was scared for my employees because we're open late," Noel-Johnson said. "My hopes are that the police can make the changes they need to on their time frame. Hopefully, they can meet their date so by August we can have more patrolling officers."
Another meeting will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church.