OAKLAND -- Massacre. Bloodbath. Insane.
Those are the words, a prosecutor said Wednesday, that have been used to describe a shooting two years ago that left two men dead and five other revelers injured at a Jack London Square bar.
It was a shooting that resulted in "total devastation" and was perpetrated by two West Oakland gang members "on a mission to hunt down a rival gang member," deputy district attorney Tim Wellman said.
With bloody pictures of the victims flashing on a large-screen television, Wellman pointed to Clem Thompkins, 25, and Lamar Fox, 24, and told the jury of nine women and three men, "Their goal was clear -- to kill."
Thompkins and Fox each face life in prison without the possibility of parole in the shooting that resulted in the death of Billy Jenkins, 26, and Adam Williams, 22.
Each is charged with two counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder and a special circumstance of committing multiple murders. Each also faces various violent crime enhancements, including committing the murder to further the activities of a gang.
Wellman told the jury that testimony from witnesses -- including a one-time friend of the defendants -- and recorded jail calls and videotaped police interrogations will help them reach guilty verdicts against the two Oakland men.
According to police and evidence that has been presented at previous court hearings, the killings at the now-shuttered Sweet Jimmie's on April 25, 2011, stemmed from a feud between Fox and a rival gang member who lived in the Acorn housing project.
Fox, who associated himself with gang members who lived in the city's Lower Bottoms neighborhood, became upset when the rival gang member flashed a gun during a verbal altercation, according to evidence.
That altercation took place on Broadway in front of the Nation's Giant Hamburger restaurant near Sweet Jimmie's. Afterward, Fox, Thompkins and two other men drove away in search of a gun, Wellman said.
The four men returned several hours later with an assault rifle, and Fox and two other men left their car in search of the rival gang members. Thompkins, Wellman said, remained in the car with the gun.
Fox didn't find the rival gang members but did get into another verbal altercation with a few men standing in front of Sweet Jimmie's, Wellman said. After the dispute escalated to some pushing, Thompkins got out of the car with the assault rifle and started firing, Wellman told the jury.
At least 10 shots were fired through the front doorway of the crowded bar. Jenkins and Williams were pronounced dead at the scene, and five other shooting victims shot were rushed to the hospital.
Each defendants' defense attorney laid blame on the other co-defendant.
Deborah Levy, Fox's attorney, said her client never asked Thompkins to get the gun and had no idea that Thompkins was going use it.
Darryl Billups, Thompkins' attorney, said witnesses who identified Thompkins as the shooter were mistaken and said Fox was the shooter.
The trial is expected to continue through November.