OAKLAND — A man with a history of unprovoked physical assaults on people has been charged with attempted murder in an Aug.15 shooting of a man in Oakland’s Lakeside Park, according to authorities and court documents.
King Jamil Stevenson, 29, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the attempted murder count and another charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Sept. 19. An enhancement to the charges says Stevenson was on probation at the time of the shooting.
The shooting happened about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in the 600 block of Bellevue Avenue.
Authorities said Stevenson, who police were told constantly bullied people around Lake Merritt, had gotten into a dispute with a person when a 33-year-old man confronted him and told him to leave people alone. According to court documents Stevenson then shot the 33-year-old year-old man in the jaw and chin.
Authorities said both Stevenson and the man shot are homeless.
The shooting prompted a massive police response to the park to search for the suspect. Children’s Fairyland and some other facilities were evacuated before Stevenson was arrested about 5 p.m. inside another person’s tent in the 400 block of Bellevue Avenue.
Stevenson’s Sept. 19 court appearance will also cover two other pending cases.
According to court records, at the time of the shooting Stevenson was being sought on a warrant charging him with violating probation in a September 2021 attack in Berkeley, where he allegedly punched a man into unconsciousness in an unprovoked attack. He was initially charged with assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, both felonies. In a plea deal he was convicted of the assault count and placed on two years probation on Nov. 15, 2021.
He was also facing three misdemeanor counts of assault, battery and elder abuse in another case linked to a Feb. 11 incident in Oakland’s Chinatown.
According to court documents, Stevenson is accused of threatening a custodian at the Pacific Renaissance Plaza with a blunt object, and then, after leaving the complex, punching a 43-year-old man without provocation in the area and shoving that man’s 76-year-old father to the pavement when he tried to intervene.
Stevenson is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail.