Oakland man sentenced to life in prison for shooting aspiring pilot

An Oakland man with a long criminal record was sentenced today to life in prison with the possibility of parole for shooting an aspiring pilot five times while he was getting a haircut at an East Oakland barbershop.

David Murphy, 33, was convicted Oct. 11 in Alameda County Superior Court of premeditated attempted murder, mayhem, being an ex-felon in possession of a gun and enhancement clauses of using a gun and inflicting great bodily injury.

In her closing argument at Murphy’s trial, Deputy District Attorney Joni Leventis said, “There’s no question he had an intent to kill” when he shot Quincey Carr, now 23, at close range at the Cuts N Stuff barbershop in the 8300 block of International Boulevard in the early evening hours of Aug. 11, 2006.

The shooting left Carr, who worked at three jobs to pay for costly lessons andflight time, paralyzed from the waist down, lacerated his liver and the right ventricle of his heart and left a bullet fragment in his spine. Leventis said he’ll never walk again.

In her closing argument, Leventis said Carr, who has dreamed of becoming a pilot since he was 6 years old, went to the barbershop with his girlfriend because they were going out that night to celebrate his passing the important milestone of becoming a licensed commercial pilot and he wanted to look good.

But the visit to his regular barbershop turned ugly when Murphy entered and “paid unwanted attention” to Carr’s girlfriend while Carr was getting his hair cut, Leventis said.

Carr’s girlfriend rejected Murphy’s advances and Carr turned down Murphy’s request for her phone number, the prosecutor said.

Murphy, who has a criminal record going back to when he was a juvenile and has convictions for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and selling marijuana, felt “disrespected” and thought that people in the crowded barbershop were laughing at him so he left and returned about 15 minutes later with a gun, Leventis said.

She said Murphy stuck his gun, which probably was a 9 millimeter Beretta, 7 inches from Carr’s head and started shooting while Carr’s girlfriend covered her eyes and prayed.

Leventis said Murphy shot Carr three times, then stood over Murphy and fired two more times while Carr tried to crawl away.

Murphy then ran off to a car, which whisked him away from the barbershop, she said.

— Bay City News

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