Brentwood resident Darnell Forell Williams, 18, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of using a firearm during the commission of a crime Wednesday and booked at County Jail in Martinez. Police are still searching for two additional suspects who were reportedly in Williams’ company when the shooting occurred July 16 on Virginia Drive.
According to reports, Williams and two other subjects were turned away from an unsupervised teenage party at the residence on July 13. When they returned to the same house on July 16 for another party and were again turned away, one of the three suspects shot off three rounds, hitting one brother in the leg and the other in the lower back. The third bullet lodged in the front door. The brothers were airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. No word on their conditions has been released.
Authorities have not determined if there is a link between the Brentwood incident and a similar shooting in Discovery Bay on July 18, when three individuals were injured following an altercation at a house party on Worthing Way.
“At this point there doesn’t seem to be any connection between the two incidents, but the investigation is ongoing,” said Lt. Mike Burton of Delta Station. “What I can tell you is that in both of these cases, people were involved in irresponsible behavior that resulted in bad things happening. They’re all fortunate no one was killed.”
Brentwood residents Sergio Santiago, 21, and Ray Delay, 20, along with a juvenile resident of the Worthing Way home, sustained gunshot wounds to the groin, buttocks and lower extremities following an altercation. The cause of the dispute is not known. Two of the victims were airlifted to John Muir Medical Center. The other victim was treated and released from Sutter Delta Medical Center.
“These are the kind of things that happen when you have teenage parties that are unsupervised by adults and word gets out and then people that weren’t invited show up,” said Burton. “I think what is most concerning about both of these incidents is the total disregard for human life. It’s very disconcerting.”
Those with information on either incident should call the Sheriff’s Office at 925-313-2600.