The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office brought charges against a suspect in the Lake Merritt shooting. As per the DA’s announcement, JaJuan Kelly, 23, is facing four counts of felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm, along with charges for illegal firearm and ammunition possession traced back to prior felony convictions, including robbery, assault weapon possession and grand theft—charges arising from the June 19 incident that left a community in shock and four people wounded.

In the wake of the shooting, DA Pamela Price has extended gratitude to the Oakland Police for their investigative efforts, emphasizing the gravity of the situation by saying, “I am deeply relieved to announce that one of the individuals we believe to be responsible for taking part in the Juneteenth mass shooting at the lake has been charged with a list of serious felonies,” her statement underscores the urgency and deep communal wound inflicted by the gun violence marring what should have been a celebration of freedom and resilience, Oakland Police Department’s continued probe into the incident means there may be more developments yet to come.

According to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, evidence purportedly shows Kelly fired into the crowd during the Juneteenth holiday event at Lake Merritt, where attendees had gathered to honor the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy. Mr. Kelly’s arraignment was scheduled at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland yesterday.

In support of the legal proceedings, the DA’s office is appealing to the public for further information relating to the Juneteenth shooting, asking possible witnesses or those with knowledge to step forward and assist law enforcement by contacting the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3455 or 510-238-3744, a community’s sense of calm and resolution perhaps hinging on the strength and courage of individuals willing to come forward in this troubling aftermath.