OAKLAND -- Police released a sketch Wednesday of a man suspected in the July 17 fatal shooting of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine during a sleepover at her friend's house.
While investigators have not released information about a possible motive for the brutal attack at the Dimond district apartment, police described the shooter Wednesday as a black male, age 17 to 24, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He had a thin, dark mustache and was wearing a hooded black jacket and bluejeans, according to Oakland police.
Authorities also announced that a reward for information leading to an arrest has been bumped to $35,000, up from $25,000 in the seven weeks immediately following the crime.
The gunman rang the doorbell at 11:18 p.m. at the apartment in the 3400 block of Wilson Avenue and started shooting when Alaysha's friend opened the front door. The bullets pierced the apartment's metal gate and hit four of five people inside: Alaysha and her 7-year-old best friend, her friend's 4-year-old brother and the siblings' 64-year-old grandmother.
Alaysha, whose family called her "Ladybug," would have started third grade at Fruitvale Elementary School last month. Her death was Oakland's 54th homicide so far this year, and she's one of the youngest Oakland homicide victims this year -- less than three weeks later, 16-month-old Drew Jackson was shot and killed, along with his 20-year-old father, as the two slept next to each other at an aunt's East Oakland home.
"Whoever can shoot into a family's apartment has got to be found and stopped," said Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, in a plea for information or video footage that might lead to the killer.
Anyone with information should contact Oakland police at 510-238-3821 or the anonymous tip line at 510-773-2508.