Man Charged with Unprovoked Shooting of Motorist Near Oakland Courthouse

Man Charged with Unprovoked Shooting of Motorist Near Oakland Courthouse

Oakland resident Justin Jenkins, 43, has been formally charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for the alleged murder of 61-year-old motorist Michael Seymour. The shooting occurred near the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland earlier this week. Jenkins is also facing charges of shooting into an occupied vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to prosecutors and the Oakland Police Department, the shooting was unprovoked, and Jenkins has a lengthy history of gun violence. The incident took place at the intersection of 12th Street and Lake Merritt Boulevard on Sunday, just before noon. Following the shooting, Seymour managed to drive to the 1200 block of 1st Avenue, where he was involved in a collision. Responding officers discovered him with at least one gunshot wound, and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

Jenkins was swiftly identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting, leading to his arrest the following day. During the arrest, police found Jenkins in possession of a loaded firearm.

District Attorney Pamela Price expressed her condemnation of gun violence, particularly when it involves motorists, stating that such senseless acts are unacceptable in the community. Price commended the Oakland police officers for their prompt and thorough investigation, leading to the arrest of the alleged shooter.

If convicted of the charges, Jenkins could face a sentence ranging from 36 years and eight months to life in state prison.

Author: CrimeDoor

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