Suspected Oakland gang member charged in fatal shooting

By Harry Harris
Oakland Tribune

OAKLAND — A suspected member of a West Oakland drug gang is scheduled to enter a plea today to felony charges he fatally shot an innocent bystander March 31 during a failed attempt to kill a rival, authorities said Tuesday.

Bryant “Mook Mook” Walton, 23, who police said is a member of the Acorn gang, is charged with murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a gun. The murder and attempted-murder charges include sentencing-enhancement clauses because the shootings are thought to be gang related.

For further sentencing-enhancement purposes, Walton also is charged with a prior felony — sale of narcotics. He is being held without bail in Santa Rita Jail.

Walton is charged with fatally shooting Kevin McKinsey, 29, of Stockton, on March 31 in the 3000 block of West Street in what police said was a failed attempt on a leader of the Ghost Town gang. The Acorn gang has been involved in a long-running violent feud with Ghost Town.

Authorities said Acorn gets its name from the West Oakland housing complex it considers its main turf, while Ghost Town is in the heart of where the shooting happened. Over the years, there have been several fatal shootings and other acts of violence linked to the rivalry, police said.

Homicide Sgt. Tony Jones said Walton confirmed the feud between Acorn and Ghost Town but denied being involved in the March 31 shooting.

Jones said McKinsey, who grew up in the Ghost Town neighborhood and had come back to visit friends and relatives, was an innocent victim who was shot while leaning into a car talking to Walton’s intended target.

The intended target, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries, police said.

Relatives said McKinsey was the father of three children, ages 9, 3 and 1.

Jones said police have statements from witnesses that Walton was the person responsible for the shooting.

Walton was arrested May 15 at his West Oakland home by the department’s Targeted Enforcement Task Force on charges of violating parole and possession of marijuana for sale. Because of the parole violation, he has remained in custody since his May arrest while police built the murder case against him. He was charged with the shootings Friday.

Walton was also in custody when Oakland police and other law enforcement agencies arrested more than 50 suspected Acorn members June 17 on various charges following a lengthy investigation.

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