Sep 9, 2015
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A Richmond man who suffered fatal gunshot wounds in East Oakland last week told officers who shot him as he was dying, leading to charges against another Richmond man he has known for years, according to police and news reports.

Charles McElroy, 22, was shot multiple times in the 9800 block of Burr St. at 4:09 a.m. Thursday, police said. As he was dying, police said, McElroy told officers a man named Sean shot him. He was then transported to the hospital, where he died about two hours later, police said.

McElroy’s statement was key in the arrest 31-year-old Sean Singleton of Richmond, also known as Damario Winford, whose vehicle and appearance matched the descriptions offered by witnesses to the shooting, police said.

According to the Oakland Tribune, McElroy and Singleton had known each other for about a decade, but it wasn’t clear what led to their dispute.

At 3:35 p.m. on the day of the shooting, Singleton was arrested as he was driving from his home at 5309 Fresno Ave. in Richmond, police said. A loaded .40 caliber pistol was in plain view on the floorboard of Singleton’s car, and a subsequent search of his home led to the seizure of a Glock 10mm pistol that had been modified and was fully automatic, police said.

One of the guns may have been used in several other shootings, investigators said.

Police say Singleton confessed to shooting McElroy in self-defense. He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is set to return to court Tuesday to possibly enter a plea.

Bay City News contributed to this report


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.