Police have surrounded a home in East Oakland where they believe a suspect in a shooting outside a San Leandro Walmart store on Black Friday has barricaded himself. San Leandro police Sgt. Ted Henderson said a SWAT team has been summoned to a home near 106th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, where Detwone Watson, 29, is believed to be hiding and refusing to come out.
At a news conference last month, San Leandro police announced that they had obtained a warrant for Watson’s arrest in connection with the shooting, which occurred at about 1:50 a.m. on Nov. 25 in the parking lot of the store at 15555 Hesperian Blvd. Another suspect, 20-year-old Oakland resident Tony Phillips, is already in custody, and police are seeking two others in the case.
Investigators believe that on the morning of the shooting, Watson and Phillips were passengers in a two-door burgundy Buick Riviera that pulled up in the full parking lot behind the three victims, all cousins from San Leandro in their early 20s, Henderson said last month.The victims — Christopher, Rafael and Javier Murillo — had been standing by their car in the parking lot.
They had gone to Walmart looking for a video game, but left the store when they could not find it, police said. Police believe Watson brandished a gun as he approached Christopher Murillo, and that Phillips approached Rafael Murillo, who was wearing a gold necklace, and attempted to steal it. According to police, a fight ensued between Phillips and Rafael Murillo, and Javier Murillo allegedly tried to help his cousin by holding down Phillips.
A third suspect exited the Buick and attempted to help Phillips. Police said Watson then allegedly shot Christopher Murillo, striking him in the neck. The third suspect fled on foot and the shooter got back in the Buick and drove off with the driver, leaving Phillips with the victims, who detained him until police arrived, Henderson said.Police said they planned to ask the district attorney’s office to charge Watson with attempted murder, two counts of attempted robbery, and one count of robbery.
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