06/20/2003

Hunt for Bay Area Murder Suspect Goes Nationwide

3 people shot, 2 fatally -- Richmond police seek motive

Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

Richmond, Calif. -- Police launched a nationwide search Thursday for the lone gunman in a "callous" shooting that left two people dead in Richmond and critically injured a woman who was chased down and shot.

Richmond is a suburb of Oakland and Berkeley, just across the bay from San Francisco.

Kimiko Kimio Wilson, 18, of Antioch is being sought on an arrest warrant in connection with the shooting of three people Monday night. The victims were sitting in a car parked on Triangle Court in Richmond's crime-plagued Iron Triangle neighborhood.

The triple shooting was "one of the most callous and cold-blooded that many of us in law enforcement in Richmond have seen in years," said Richmond Police Chief Joseph Samuels Jr., Oakland's former chief, at a news conference Thursday.

Investigators were at a loss to explain the recent violence, which brought the number of homicides in the city to 19 this year, and had no motive for the triple shooting.

"That's what we've been wracking our brains on," said Detective Mitch Peixoto.

Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, Wilson stood outside the driver's side window of a Chevrolet Caprice and fatally shot college student Uchenna Okeigwe, 22, of Martinez, who was sitting in the driver's seat, and Erica Young, 16, of Concord, a high-school honors student sitting in the back, police said. Wilson, a former Richmond resident, then chased after Young's 28-year-old cousin after she ran from the car, police said. After she tripped and fell, the suspect stood over her and shot her numerous times, police said.

The 28-year-old woman, whose name was withheld, was listed in critical condition at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. All four knew each other, police said.

At Thursday's news conference, Samuels held up a picture of Wilson -- described as 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds -- and urged him to surrender, saying, "You will not be able to escape justice."

At about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Richmond officers searched the home of a relative on Judsonville Drive in Antioch, where Wilson had been living as of a week ago, records show. But Wilson wasn't there, and no evidence was found, said Capt. Lori Ritter.

A woman who answered the phone at the home Thursday said, "I have no comment. Please don't call my house again."

Wilson's grandmother, Lula Lewis, 78, of Richmond, told The Chronicle that she had spoken to Wilson Thursday morning but did not know where he was. She said she doubted that he was involved.

"He's a good kid," Lewis said. "I wish I knew where he was. I would get him and have him turn himself in."

Lewis said her grandson had been released recently from juvenile hall and had a history of getting into trouble. Wilson has no convictions as an adult, but court records show that he has had numerous run-ins with police and citizens for traffic violations and mishaps. On March 1 in Richmond, Wilson ran into a parked car owned by Norma Hoskins of Oakland, according to court documents.

"He just looked at me," Hoskins recalled Thursday. "He didn't say he was sorry or anything. He had a real bad attitude."

As police searched for Wilson, family members mourned the loss of Okeigwe, an engineering student at Diablo Valley College, and Young, an honors student who had attended Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord before transferring to Mount Diablo High earlier this year.

Young had studied with classmates interested in pursuing education as a career, said Vice Principal Phyllis Bloom.

Bloom said she was horrified by Young's slaying. "I do not like talking about someone so young in the past tense," she said. "That's not the way it should be."

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Richmond police at (510) 233-1214.

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