Nearly two months after an 8-year-old girl was killed at a sleepover in Oakland, police on Wednesday released a sketch of a man they say is a suspect in her horrifying homicide.
Oakland police spokesperson Johnna Watson described the man as African-American between 17 and 24 years old, standing 5’7, weighing 160, and having a thin, dark mustache. He was wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans.
Watson reiterated how tragic and "disturbing" this death was. On July 17, 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine was sleeping over at a friend's house when she was gunned down just after 11 p.m. after she opened the door and was met with a barrage of bullets. Alaysha, who her family called "Ladybug," earned the dubious distinction of becoming Oakland's 54th homicide victim this year.
Alaysha's 7-year-old friend, her 4-year-old brother and their 63-year-old grandmother were also struck by bullets, but all three recovered from the shooting at an apartment complex in the 3400-block of Wilson Avenue near MacArthur Boulevard.
Anyone with information should call Oakland police at 510-238-3821 or the anonymous tip line at 510-773-2508.