A suspected member of a violent East Oakland street gang was arrested this morning after police say he confessed to the Oct. 13 fatal shooting of San Leandro High School football player Greg Ballard Jr.
The suspect, Dwayne M. Stancill, 19, told police he " didn't really have a reason" for killing Ballard, Oakland Homicide Sgt. Tony Jones said.
Jones, who interviewed Stancill with Sgt. Jim Rullamas, said Stancill claimed he was drunk when he shot Ballard. "He said (Ballard) didn't do anything wrong; there was no argument, he just flashed," Jones said.
A MySpace web site devoted to the gang helped police find a photo of Stancill.
Jones said "to take a life for absolutely no reason is mind-boggling. For these young people involved in these violent groups, to take lives without provocation is sickening. It has to end."
Jones said Stancill, whose street name is "Weezie", is a suspected member of the Hyfee Boyz, an East Oakland street gang police believe has been involved in many crimes, including shootings.v Stancill and Ballard, who was known as "Doodie," knew each other, but were not friends, Jones said.
The shooting happened about 8:10 p.m. Oct. 13 in the 9200 block of Sunnyside Street, not far from where Stancill lives. Stancill was hanging out with some other people when Ballard, who lived in San Leandro, showed up.
Ballard, whose San Leandro football team had beaten Bishop O'Dowd earlier that day, knew people in the area.
Jones said Stancill and Ballard talked for about 20 minutes before Stancill shot Ballard without provocation. Ballard was able to run behind a nearby house, where he collapsed. He died later at a local hospital.
Jones said the killing of Ballard angered Stancill's friends, who also knew Ballard. "They wouldn't hang out with him becuause of what he did," Jones said.
Jones said soon after the shooting police started hearing that someone named "Weezie" was responsible and that he was part of the Hyfee Boyz. Police later determined the gunman's first name was Dwayne, and through the gang's MySpace web site got a picture of Stancill.
Late Tuesday afternoon officer Marcus Midyett stopped a stolen Chevrolet van near 82nd Avenue and Dowling Street. The driver turned out to be Stancill. He was taken to police headquarters where he eventually made his confession to Jones and Rullamas this morning.
Jones said that while making his admissions Stancill showed remorse for what happened and wept a little.
Stancill was booked on suspicion of murder, auto theft and for having an outstanding warrant for possession of a concealed weapon.