Oakland police arrest suspect in triple murder

Byby Sergio Quintana KGO logo
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Oakland police arrest triple murder suspect
Neighbors say a man arrested in connection with a shooting that left three people dead in North Oakland had been arrested some time ago for burglarizing their home.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland police have arrested a suspect in a triple murder Saturday night. The victims were killed in a shooting at a home on 54th and Market streets. Neighbors tell ABC7 News it was a tragedy waiting to happen.

The triple shooting happened just before 3 p.m. Larry Benson and Rick Fitzgerald live next door.

"I heard three shots," Benson said. "And he had heard three shots as well. I came into the house and he said, 'were those gunshots?' And I said, 'I think they were.'"

Police and a SWAT team soon arrived and evacuated them from their home.

The SWAT team and negotiators were able to get the shooter out of the house. He is now in custody. The neighbors say they know him very well.

Neighbors say he had been arrested some time ago for burglarizing their home and may have been mentally unstable.

"And even in open court when he burgled our house, he had said that we gave him permission to kick the door in," Benson said.

Fitzgerald added, "I'm not surprised, this has been coming for a long time."

Police have not confirmed the name of the alleged shooter, nor have they released the names of the three male victims. But neighbors tell ABC7 News that one of the victims is the accused gunman's father.

No one else in the home was injured in this shooting.