There was a memorial at People’s Park in Berkeley where a man was shot and killed on Friday. He was the third victim in a shooting spree that spanned three cities and two states.
“Just to hear this it kind of like shocked me. I felt like I had a heart attack… I couldn’t stop shaking,” said Anthony Thomas. “The feeling right is now that I lost my friend.”
At the park on Sunday afternoon, he told KTVU that he had known the victim, who went by the name “Cal”, from the last six years.
Thomas said that he was shot in the head as he slept at the park by a man he once placed chess with on the picnic bench flowers sit now and message are scrawled, some that read “Rest in Peace, Cal.”
“I guess “Stone” was talking to him and I guess “Cal” was annoying him, or “Cal” was sleeping and “Stone” just shot him,” Thomas told us.
He went on to say that “Stone” is the man police have arrested in connection to the murder whose name is Stefon Jefferson.
Authorities say before “Cal” was shot dead around 2:40 Friday afternoon at the park, Jefferson shot and killed 49-year-old Laron Davis in the Bayview District of San Francisco at around 1:30 in the afternoon.
At around 10:15 that morning, police suspect Jefferson shot and killed Marcus Jackson at 41st and Market Streets in Oakland.
After allegedly murdering the man known as “Cal” later in the day, Jefferson reportedly drove to Nevada where Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies recognized the Toyota Corolla in which he was traveling and a pursuit began.
During the chase, said the Douglas County Sheriff, Jefferson opened fire and shot the deputy in the hand.
“He shot at us and we shot at him and that’s about as simple as it gets,” said Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley.
No motive for the killings and their connections to the suspect has been officially released, but those at People’s Park who knew Jefferson believe drugs and a mental condition precipitated the attack.
“You know what’s so crazy about Stefon aka “Stone” was he was one of us, you know. He use to come around here (and) do positive stuff,” Thomas said.
It is not yet clear whether Jefferson will face charges in Douglas County for allegedly shooting the deputy before he's sent back to the Bay Area to faces charges in the three homicides.