OAKLAND -- Two reputed Oakland gang members -- including a 16-year-old boy who will be prosecuted as an adult -- were charged Friday with multiple counts of attempted murder in two shootings targeting rivals on board AC Transit buses, authorities said.
Authorities said the 16-year-old, identified as Jalen Thornton, of Oakland, is charged with six counts of attempted murder and numerous enhancement clauses. Authorities confirmed he is on probation for a gun conviction.
The other suspect, 19-year-old James Darby, of San Leandro, is charged with five counts of attempted murder and enhancements. Authorities confirmed he is on probation for robbery.
Officer Doug Keely said both suspects admitted their involvement in the shootings.
One of the shootings Thornton is charged with happened Tuesday afternoon on board a bus on Fontaine Street in East Oakland when an 18-year-old high school student associated with a rival gang was wounded multiple times. Thornton was already on the bus when the victim boarded; Thorton shot him after a brief exchange of words, police said. Darby is not charged in that shooting.
Both are charged with five counts of attempted murder for a shooting that happened at 4:13 p.m. Sept. 28.
Police said they were on an AC Transit bus going southbound on Seminary Avenue near International Boulevard when they saw four members of the same gang the 18-year-old is associated with about to get on board.
They got off the bus and Darby started shooting at the rivals from the sidewalk, police said. None of the rivals were hit by the gunfire, but a 43-year-old passenger was cut by shattered window glass and had to be treated at a hospital.
Thornton and Darby were arrested together about 3 p.m. Wednesday outside a store at 106th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard by Officers Chris Marie and Jason Smoak. Keely said Thornton was armed with a loaded pistol when he was arrested. Keely said Marie had identified both suspects as the gunmen in the shootings from bus video surveillance cameras.