SAN LEANDRO -- On Monday afternoon -- as high school students and employees grieved over the death of Leneasha Northington, one of three killed after a warehouse party last weekend -- police released a sketch of a person of interest in the shooting.
Police described him as a black man with a light complexion, 18 to 24 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, with a slim build, shoulder-length dreadlocks with gold tips, brown eyes, a thin mustache and a goatee and wearing upper and lower gold teeth with canines and diamonds. They also are looking for a second man but did not have a description of him.
Northington, 16, was a 10th-grader at San Leandro High School, said Cindy Cathey, superintendent of schools.
"We're doing our best to support students and staff through this terrible time," she said. "It is a great tragedy for the school and the entire community."
Extra grief counselors were provided at the campus, where a moment of silence was held Monday morning in Northington's memory, Cathey said.
In addition, a large poster has been placed in the school lobby for mourners to write their remembrances.
The mood on campus was very somber, said Joya Brandon, a clerk in the school's English language department.
"Students were crying in the hallways," Brandon said.
LaNiquee Carroll, a 12th-grader, said she did not know Northington but could sense the grief among classmates.
"There is a sad feeling," she
Northington was one of three people killed about 1:20 a.m. in the parking lot at Gardco Industrial Park, at the intersection of Alvarado Street and Aladdin Avenue, relatives said.
Shanice Kiel, a 19-year-old San Francisco woman, and Joshua Alford, a 23-year-old Oakland man, also died in the shooting, relatives said.
Kiel was attending San Francisco State University and wanted to be a fashion designer, said her father, Roger Kiel. Alford was a warehouse worker whose girlfriend is expecting their first child, said Edrina Strother, his cousin.
The warehouse party, attended by hundreds of people Saturday night and early Sunday morning, was advertised on Facebook, police said.
About 45 minutes after it ended, several partygoers were in the warehouse parking lot when at least two gunmen opened fire on them, police Sgt. Doug Calcagno said.
Organizers of the "tattoo party" -- offering the services of a tattoo artist -- did not have a mandatory city permit to host the event, he said.
Three other people -- a 19-year-old Oakland man and two 20-year-old women, one from San Leandro and the other from Richmond -- were wounded during the shooting, Calcagno said.
Two were in serious condition Monday afternoon in an East Bay hospital and one was treated and released, he said.
No arrests have been made, and police said they are trying to determine the motive for the shooting.
Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 510-577-3237 or the tip line at 510-577-3278.
Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.