Arrest made in Sweet Jimmie's nightclub shooting

June 16, 2011 6:39:07 PM PDT
A 22-year-old is now in custody for a deadly Oakland nightclub shooting in April. Police arrested him in Richmond Wednesday night. They believe he killed two men and wounded four others inside Sweet Jimmie's nightclub in Jack London Square.

"We feel we're very close to completely solving this case, and for now we do have one suspect we do believe is the main suspect in custody," said Oakland Police spokeswoman Holly Joshi.

Clem Thompkins was arrested in Richmond. Police are not giving a motive, but there were reports the shooting erupted after the suspect was denied entry.

"What we do know now is that the six shooting victims were not intended targets, so it makes this case just that much more tragic because two young men lost their lives," said Joshi.

Twenty-seven-year-old Billie Jenkins and 23-year-old Adam Williams were killed. A few days later, Williams was remembered by students at Peralta Elementary School where he had been an aide

The club is just two blocks from police headquarters. It's a neighborhood with restaurants, shops, and new high rise apartments and condos. Police have stepped up patrols since the shooting.

'It's safer for me because every time I'm working cops are always patrolling the square," said Jack London Square employee Melke Mekonnen.

"We were working late and we heard a bang and some shots," said Ruben Kahn of Oakland Pacific Property who was just around the corner. He says it is a little scary at night. "It seems the residents who live down here are more concerned than people who work here because people who work usually leave by 5:00 p.m."

"I'm not exactly scared here in downtown Oakland because the police station is pretty close by, but yes, it's in the back of our mind," said one of the locals. "You don't walk here at night here."

Formal charges against Thompkins will be brought against him Friday.

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