OAKLAND -- A convicted drug dealer has been charged with the fatal shooting Aug. 16 of a man slain while he was waiting for food in the drive-through lane of an East Oakland fast-food restaurant and the wounding of the man's girlfriend, police said Thursday.
Anthony Paige is charged with murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the killing of Demariae Clay, 25, and the wounding of his 19-year-old girlfriend.
Other suspects are being sought.
The couple were shot about 6:15 p.m. Aug. 17 in the drive-through lane of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 73rd Avenue and International Boulevard. They were in the woman's Lexus, with Clay driving.
Officer Robert Trevino said Thursday police obtained evidence that connected Paige to the shooting. He would not say what the evidence was or what police believe the motive was. He did say that Clay, the father of three children, was the intended target and may have been followed to the restaurant by the gunmen. It was not known if Paige knew Clay or the woman.
Paige was arrested Sept. 4 near his home in the 1300 block of 64th Avenue. He has denied involvement in the killing.
He has prior drug convictions and was on probation when the shooting happened, authorities said.