OAKLAND -- A Hayward man prosecuted in early 2013 after a police sweep of a violent East Oakland gang has been charged in the October shooting of a 2-year-old boy, which happened a few months after the man was released from jail, authorities said Tuesday.
Authorities said the boy was wounded in his liver on Oct. 18 by an errant bullet after the suspect, Devonte Hudson, 20, opened fire on a rival gang member who was sitting in an SUV about a block away from where the child was playing outside his home in the 9300 block of Sunnyside Street.
Hudson was charged Monday with assault with a semi-automatic firearm for the shooting of the child, whose name was not released. He was also charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon and various enhancements. He faces a term of up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, authorities said.
The SUV driver was apparently not wounded and never identified.
The shooting happened about 1 p.m. Oct. 18 in the 9400 block of Sunnyside. The boy was among a group of other children and adults outside his home a block away when he was hit. No one else in the group was wounded. Some parked cars and houses were also struck by gunfire, but no injuries were reported.
Officer Phong Tran said police were able to gather leads from people in the area of the shooting, leading to Hudson being identified as the gunman. He was arrested Dec. 13 at his probation officer's office in Hayward. He was held on a probation violation while police built their case against him.
Tran said after his arrest Hudson denied involvement in the shooting and that he was a gang member.
Hudson was among at least 17 reputed members of the notorious Case Gang arrested in March 2013 on a variety of charges during a law enforcement sweep led by Oakland police.
Hudson, known by police to carry an assault pistol, was convicted in June of illegal possession of a firearm and in July was sentenced to five years probation and released from custody.