OAKLAND -- A 26-year-old ex-convict has been charged with shooting to death a 20-year-old Alameda woman and wounding her boyfriend last month in East Oakland, police said Tuesday.
Police said Julius Scott, 26, of Oakland, was wanted for violating parole when he allegedly killed Shanika Latham and wounded her 25-year-old boyfriend on Aug. 24. The boyfriend, whose name has not been released by police, remains hospitalized.
Scott, who was arrested Sept. 14, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Authorities said Scott has prior convictions for residential robbery and robbery. He had been wanted for violating parole for more than a year before the shooting.
Officer Leo Sanchez said police still don't know the motive for the attack and are trying to determine if Scott and the victims knew each other.
The couple was driving in the 1800 block of 48th Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Aug. 24 when a gunman opened fire on the car, hitting them both. The boyfriend, who was driving, was able to drive to the hospital, where Latham died.
Police said Scott lived in the area, and tips from the community helped identify him as the suspect.
Scott was spotted Sept. 14 by Officer Omega Crum and officers of the Gangs/Guns Intelligence Task Force. Officers chased him to a junkyard in the 1300 block of 46th Avenue, where he was found trying to hide in a car.
Scott is scheduled to