OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Eight people are facing charges nearly one year after a mother was shot and killed in West Oakland.
On Thursday, U.S. Marshals arrested Joneria Reed, 37. Authorities believe she was responsible for making a phone call that ultimately led to a shootout that killed Chyemil Pierce on March 9, 2015.
Reed is the eighth and final suspect linked to Pierce’s murder. She was arrested outside a business in Antioch after authorities believe she had been hiding out in her mother’s home in the area. Authorities also recovered a gun used at the crime by another suspect inside Reed’s mother’s house.
Court documents show Reed called her son, Dijon Ward, and another m an, Anthony Sims, to help her in a fight on March 9, 2015. When the men arrived, a gun battle broke out on the 2800 block of Chestnut Street.
Pierce had nothing to do with the shootout or the fight. Police said she had just returned home from picking up two of her three children when she was hit by a stray bullet outside her home.
Ward is charged with being an accessory to murder. The six other men already charged with murder for their alleged involvement are Anthony Sims, Jerry Lewis Harbin Jr., Shelton McDaniels, Michael Stills, Alex Davis, and Julian Ambrose.
Neighbors of the Pierce family said the incident hurt the community, but ultimately made them stronger.
“It saddens everybody that knew her and knew the family because they really are great people, so it affected all of us,” Pastor Joseph Cotton said. “It’s not a celebration that another person got arrested. It’s just another person in our community who had a bad issue and didn’t know how to resolve their issues in a better way than going to gun violence.”
Reed made a brief court appearance on Wednesday in Alameda County, but her hearing was re-scheduled for Thursday morning where she is expected to be assigned an attorney and possibly enter a plea.