Oakland store clerk arrested following fatal shooting

February 21, 2010 6:42:06 PM PST
An Oakland store clerk is being held without bail in connection with the shooting death of one of his customers. And now tensions are rising between neighbors and the store's owner over the incident.

In the same neighborhood where four Oakland officers were gunned down last spring by a wanted parolee with an AK-47, another shooting occurred Friday night.

It happened at a liquor store on 77 Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.

On Sunday, witnesses to the crime said how the store clerk, 21-year-old Adhem "Adam" Abdullah, brandished an automatic pistol during an argument with one of the customers and shot 46-year-old Willie Turner in the back of the head.

They say Abdulah, ran back into the store and knocked over several grocery racks to make it look like an argument, but when he told police Turner tried to rob him, his story did not pan out because there were too many witnesses.

The victim's sister, Sonja Turner, asked police a few questions about the incident.

"I asked him, 'Did you find anything on my brother? What did you find on my brother?' And they said they didn't find anything on him but his wallet. No weapons, no nothing," said Turner.

Willie Turner, who was initially reported as a possible robbery suspect, now appears to be the victim.

Tension between the residents and the store's owner, has escalated. Many residents were opening up to ABC7 about alleged illegal activity between the store and its customers.