OAKLAND, Calif. (AP/CNN) — Three more suspects have been arrested in the shooting death of a young California mother, who was killed protecting her children from a hail of bullets flying outside of her home.
Chyemil Pierce, 30, was shot March 9 as she screamed for her son and daughter to take cover after they became caught in crossfire while returning home from work and school. The stray bullet killed Pierce. The children were not physically injured.
An Oakland police spokeswoman said officers arrested three 29-year-olds over the weekend. Shelton McDaniels and Jerry Harbin was arrested on suspicion of murder, police said. Kiechelle Wilright was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.
Police last week arrested 19-year-old Anthony Sims in his hospital bed where he was recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in the shootout.
Pierce’s friend, who did not want her identity revealed, said the young mom was just about to pick up her baby when gunshots rang out.
“When I saw her body it was laying right in front of her house I never thought that is how I would see her for the last time. Chyemil, she was so pretty. She was just a beautiful person inside and out,” her friend said.
Lt. Roland Holmgren, with the Oakland Police Department, said it was all connected to a violent gang feud in the neighborhood.
Senseless gun violence and at the end of it a woman who has nothing to do with it, who is doing nothing more than trying to get her children to safety loses her life and the children lose their mother,” Holmgren said.