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Man Charged with Murder: Shooting Was Sparked by Bad Relations Between Rival Gangs

Stanley Turner, 20, charged with three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder, testified as part of a plea agreement

SAN LEANDRO, Ca: Shooting after a tattoo party in Oct. 2011. Patch photo archive.
SAN LEANDRO, Ca: Shooting after a tattoo party in Oct. 2011. Patch photo archive.
By Bay City News—

A man who played a key role in a shooting after a tattoo party in San Leandro in October 2011 that left three people dead and three others wounded testified today the shooting was sparked by bad relations between two rival gangs. 
 
Stanley Turner, a 20-year-old Oakland man, admitted on the witness stand that he supplied one of the guns that was used in the shooting outside a warehouse in the 2600 block of Alvarado Street in San Leandro in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2011, and said one of the shooters told him that his gang opened fire because it had to "get on somebody" from a rival gang. 
 
Turner said tensions between members of the "Mob Squad," which prosecutors allege carried out the tattoo party shooting, and the rival "FE" gang had been building since they confronted each other at a nightclub in San Francisco several months earlier in an incident in which guns were drawn but no shots were fired, no one was hurt and no one was arrested. 
 
Dressed in a red jail uniform with the letter "P" on it because he's in protective custody, Turner said he doesn't belong to the Mob Squad but regularly hung out with some of its members, including a group of members who attended the tattoo party at the warehouse in San Leandro. 
 
Turner is charged with three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting, as are the other three defendants in the case. 
 
But late last year he reached an agreement with prosecutors allowing him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of being an accessory after the fact and receive a light sentence if he testifies truthfully against the other three men: Aaron Stewart, 21, of Fairfield, Anthony Perry, 23, of Oakland, and Paul Arthur Stevenson, 22, of Oakland. 
 
Killed in the shooting were 23-year-old Joshua Alford of Oakland, Leneasha Northington, 16, a student at San Leandro High School, and Shanice Kiel, 19, of San Francisco, who had been accepted at San Francisco State University. 
 
Prosecutor Jimmie Wilson said in his opening statement last week that Alford, who allegedly belonged to the FE gang and had been involved in the incident at the San Francisco nightclub, and two associates who were shot but survived were the targets of the tattoo party shooting, Wilson said. 
 
Turner testified today that one of his friends who wasn't directly involved in the shooting was upset that Northington, Kiel and two other women who survived were shot even though they hadn't done anything to provoke violence and told Stewart, Perry and Stevenson that it was "dumb" and "stupid" to shoot the women. 
 
The three men responded that they didn't know there were any women inside the car that they allegedly shot into, Turner said. Turner said when he was at the party, which was attended by about 200 people, one of his friends spotted Alford and Stevenson said, "I don't like none of them," referring to FE gang members.

However, Turner said Alford didn't seem to notice the Mob Squad members who were at the party and "hadn't done anything to our group" that night. Turner said Stewart wound up with the .9 mm gun Turner had brought to the party because he didn't want to carry the weapon while he was dancing and he planned to get it back from Stewart afterward. 
 
Turner said he heard gunfire when he was leaving the party and initially thought someone was shooting at his car but then saw Stewart running with the .9 mm gun in his hand so he told Stewart to get into his car. 
 
Turner said when he asked what had happened Stewart said Perry had fired shots and that he also had tried to open fire but the .9 mm gun had jammed. Turner said he, Stewart and another man then drove to a friend's house in Oakland, where they met up with the other people who allegedly had been involved in the shooting.    
He said Perry told him that he had "emptied his clip," meaning that he had fired all the shots in the gun he was carrying, and that Stevenson also said he had fired shots. 
 
Under questioning by Wilson, Turner said he realizes that the reason he was charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder is that his gun was used in the shooting and he drove Stevens away from the crime scene. 

[Related article: Prosecutor Calls 2011 Shooting After Tattoo Party 'A Massacre']

In their opening statements last week, defense lawyers for Stewart, Stevens and Perry told jurors not to trust Turner's testimony because of the favorable terms of his plea agreement with prosecutors. 
 
Turner could have faced life in state prison, which is what the other defendants still face, but he said today that the agreement calls for him to only get a three-year sentence if his testimony is found to be truthful. 
 
Under cross-examination by Stevenson's lawyer, Alex Selvin, Turner admitted that he could be set free when the trial ends because he's already been in custody for more than two years and has accumulated extra credits for the time he's already served.

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