Police in Hayward announced Thursday the arrests of five suspected gang members believed to be connected to a 2007 drive-by shooting that killed a toddler and seriously wounded two others. Hayward investigators were joined by other East Bay law
enforcement agencies serving arrest warrants on five “operatives” of the DFG street gang, believed to be responsible for committing violent crimes in Hayward and southern Alameda County, according to the Hayward Police Department.
The one female and four males -including one juvenile – arrested Thursday are implicated in the March 2007 drive-by shooting that killed 4-year-old Datasha Williams and wounded her cousins, 4-year-old Tatiana Coria and her 3-year-old brother.
Datasha was playing outside with her two cousins in the front yard of a Hayward home when they were hit by a spray of bullets fired from a vehicle, according to officials.Datasha died at a hospital from a bullet wound to the head and the two other children were hospitalized. Tatiana, also shot in the head, was on life support and will face a lifetime of rehabilitation, according to police.
The boy was grazed by a bullet and survived the attack. Police stated the difficulty in investigating and gathering sufficient evidence to prosecute gang-related crimes.”Gang members and former gang members are not usually forthcoming with information to help us, and witnesses to gang violence are often reluctant to come forward because they fear retaliation of the gang,” Hayward police Capt. Darryl McAllister said in a statement. The identities of the five suspects now in custody are being
withheld so as not to jeopardize the ongoing investigation. They are implicated in other violent crimes, according to McAllister, including two other local gang murders or attempted murders.Despite the difficulties gang-related cases can present to
investigators, McAllister hoped the arrests in this case would send a strong message to gangs and gang members still active in the community.”We will not allow you to grip our communities in fear,” he said. “We will pursue you, we will investigate you and we will put you behind bars for your violence.” Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.
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