UPDATED: SF State student shot and killed at San Leandro warehouse party

UPDATE: Police arrested a suspect Oct. 20 for the murder of three people, including Shanice Kiel, 19, who had been accepted to SF State. The three were shot after a tattoo party outside a Northern California warehouse. The Oakland man, Paul Arthur Stevenson III, 20, was taken into custody at 7 a.m. in east Oakland. Stevenson is suspected of being one of the two men who opened fire at about 1:20 a.m. Oct. 2. on the occupants of a parked Ford Explorer outside the warehouse.

This story was originally published October 4.

By Megan Taros and Sara Donchey

Three people, including a 19-year-old who had been accepted to SF State, were shot to death while leaving a party in San Leandro early Sunday morning.

Family members have identified Leneasha Northington, 16; Josh Alford, 23; and Shanice Kiel, 19, but police have not yet confirmed the victims’ names. Kiel, who had recently been admitted to SF State, was believed to be sitting in the passenger seat of her father’s Ford Explorer that she had driven to the party at the time of the shooting.

Police arrived on the corner of Alvarado and Aladdin streets at approximately 1:20 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. Six people were injured as shots were fired “in and around the vehicle,” said San Leandro police Sgt. Doug Calcagno.

Three were pronounced dead at the scene. It has not yet been determined if the victims knew each other.

The party, which was held in a warehouse in a business park on the 2600 block of Alvarado Street in San Leandro, was said to be a tattoo party where people gathered to show off and discuss tattoos. Preliminary investigations appear to reveal that the party was at a warehouse and advertised online, possibly on Facebook. The owners of the building where the party took place have not been found.

It is unknown if the gunmen attended the party, and no arrests have been made.

San Leandro police is asking anyone who has any information to call the San Leandro police directly at 510-577-3232 or the tip line at 510-577-3278.

Correction: This story was corrected to clarify that Shanice Kiel was not an SF State student at the time of her death. She had been accepted to the University.

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