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Man Charged With Murder In Fatal East Oakland Shooting

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OAKLAND (BCN)

A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of another man inside a residence in East Oakland Friday afternoon, authorities said today.

Damian Joseph is accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Jamal Cheeks at a home in the 2000 block of 22nd Avenue at about 3:55 p.m. on Friday.

Emergency responders tried to revive Cheeks but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Oakland police Officer Phong Tran said in a probable cause statement that Joseph was identified by witnesses as the person who was armed with a semi-automatic firearm and shot and killed Cheeks.

Tran said when police arrested and interviewed Joseph a short time after the shooting he said he was unaware that the weapon was loaded when he was "playing" with the firearm and "accidentally" shot Cheeks.

Joseph, who is being held without bail, was arraigned on Tuesday and is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Dec. 1 to enter a plea.



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Oakland police (510) 238-7230
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