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Woman charged in Oakland triple homicide

A 61-year-old San Jose woman was charged Tuesday with three counts of murder for the shooting and stabbing deaths of three people at a house in East Oakland early Friday morning.

Dana Rivers, who’s being held without bail, was scheduled to be arraigned at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland this afternoon on the three murder charges as well as arson of an inhabited structure or property and possession of metal knuckles.

Officer Hector Jimenez wrote in a probable cause statements that officers who went to a residence in the 9400 block of Dunbar Drive at 12:21 a.m. on Friday to investigate a report of gunshots found a male, identified in court documents as Toto M. Diambu, lying in front of the residence suffering from an apparent stab wound.

Jimenez said that as the officers were providing aid to Diambu they heard a loud bang coming from the garage and then saw Rivers walking out of the residence covered in blood.

Rivers was detained and when they searched her they found ammunition in her pocket along with knives, according to Jimenez.

As officers were detaining Rivers she began making spontaneous statements about her involvement in the murders, Jimenez said.

When officers continued search the residence they found the other two victims, identified in court documents as Charlotte Kuulei Reed and Patricia A. Wright, inside of the residence suffering from both apparent gunshot wounds and stab wounds, according to Jimenez.

The Oakland Fire Department arrived on the scene to try to render aid to the victims but they succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene, Jimenez said.

Rivers is charged with clauses alleging that she discharged a firearm to kill all three victims.

The arson count alleges that Rivers willfully, unlawfully and maliciously set fire the residence.

Firefighters quickly controlled the blaze.

The Oakland Police Department hasn’t yet confirmed the names of the three victims or released their ages.

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