SAN LEANDRO -- Roger Kiel stood at the yellow and black crime scene tape Sunday looking at his dark green Ford Explorer, the front windshield shot up with bullet holes, the side windows shattered, clothes and garbage strewn around the vehicle.
He last spoke to his daughter, Shanice, his only child, about 11 p.m. Saturday when she arrived at the tattoo party that was held in a warehouse or office space at the corner of Alvarado Street and Aladdin Avenue in an industrial part of San Leandro.
"She called and said she was safe. She told me she loved me,'' he said.
Shanice Kiel, 19 of San Francisco was one of the three young people shot and killed in the early hours of Sunday morning by gunmen who remain on the loose.
She was the driver of the Ford Explorer and believed to be sitting in the passenger seat when she was shot, her father said. "I'm devastated. I'm looking at my car with bullet holes in it where I sit so I know my daughter died a (painful) death,'' he said
Kiel family members identified the other female victim as Leneasha Nothington, 16, and said a 23-year-old Joshua Alford of Oakland also was killed. Police have not confirmed the names of the victims.
Alfred's cousin, Edrina Strother, 22, of San Francisco said her cousin was expecting his first child and was employed as a warehouse worker. "His girlfriend is six months pregnant,'' she said. Alfred was also into tattoos and having a good time."Overall, he
San Leandro police Sgt. Doug Calcagno said six people were shot "in and around the vehicle" about 1:20 a.m. Sunday. The three others, whose names were not released, were injured, but their conditions were not immediately available.
Police said that after the party had ended but while the attendees were still in the parking lot, at least two gunmen opened fired and then fled.
The party, which drew hundreds to the warehouse, was reportedly advertised on Facebook, but the posting was gone Sunday. Police would not confirm the name of the organizer or organizers.
"We have a couple of different names and are looking at various avenues right now,'' Calcagno said.
Kiel, 51, said his daughter was studying at San Francisco State and wanted to be a fashion designer. She worked at a clothing store and designed clothes and jewelry on the side, relatives said. "She was very smart, very articulate,'' her father said.
She also was into tattoos. "She's covered with them,'' he said.
Calcagno said it is unknown whether the gunmen attended the party or arrived afterwards. Roger Kiel said he was initially upset with his daughter early Sunday because she hadn't come home or called, highly unusual, he said.
He called his sister, Sharon Bankston, who said she had seen a TV news report about a shooting in San Leandro and a picture of what appeared to be his dark green Ford Explorer. "I called the San Leandro police and asked to speak to a sergeant. When I said my name, his tone changed,'' Roger Kiel said. "I asked him if I should come down, and he said yes."
The father hopes someone who knows something about what happened will alert police investigators and help them close the case. "We know there were a lot of people there, and if you know or saw something, please call San Leandro police. If I can get some justice for her, my baby can rest in peace,'' he said.
Relatives said the 19-year-old was raised in the East Bay and attended Berkeley High School. "She was very bright,'' said her aunt, Brenda Stewart. "I believe she would have made it in the fashion world, and I believe her life was taken before she had a chance."
Calcagno said police are still trying to track down the owners of the business park where the shooting happened to see who rented the building. The complex is called Gardco Industrial Park but the agents listed on the rental sign for the business park were not immediately available for comment.
"It doesn't hit home till it hits your home,'' Stewart said. "We just wish that people who saw it would come forward and help police."
Police are asking for the public's assistance in their investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call San Leandro police directly at 510-577-3232 or the tip line at 510-577-3278.