Suspect Annoyed by Traffic Noise Fatally Shoots a Passing Motorist

Suspect Annoyed by Traffic Noise Fatally Shoots a Passing Motorist
Photo: Stock Image

OAKLAND — A driver was murdered by a man shooting at vehicles passing his residence on MacArthur Boulevard. The suspected shooter Bernard T. Jimmerson, 39, is behind jailhouse bars and ineligible for release on bond.

Officers responded to three bursts of gunfire April 29 shortly before 2:30 a.m. Upon arrival, 21- year-old Maria Villa-Bedford was located with a gunshot wound in her head. Officers provided first aid, before paramedics arrived and pronounced her dead at the scene.

In a prepared statement the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office said. “Jimmerson told police he was frustrated by the noise of cars racing up and down his street at night. He went outside with his gun and shot at passing cars—hitting and killing Ms. Bedford.”

Jimmerson was placed under arrest at 5:31 a.m. He is now in custody at Alameda County Santa Rita Jail. His charges include second-degree murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, and possession of an assault rifle. Plus, he faces charges for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

Notwithstanding, another possible mass shooting episode may have been prevented. The DA office statement said. “OPD’s prompt response may well have prevented more people from being injured or killed.”

Jimmerson was on probation at the time of his arrest. He has prior convictions for domestic violence, DUI, and theft of an animal carcass. If he is convicted on his latest charges, Jimmerson faces 27 years to life in prison.

The shooting investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact the Oakland PD homicide section at 510-238-3821.

Suspect Annoyed by Traffic Noise Fatally Shoots a Passing Motorist was last modified: May 11th, 2023 by admin
Categories: Alameda

About Author

Jim Emerson

Jim Emerson is a northern California writer covering crime and arrest related news in the Bay Area - focusing primarily on Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties.