OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Officials from the City of Oakland and the Oakland Unified School District will hold a virtual press conference Thursday morning to follow up on Wednesday’s shooting at the King Estate campus.
You can watch the press conference on the video player above at 11 a.m.
Six adults were injured Wednesday after a shooting at the King Estates campus in East Oakland, which is home to several schools, police said.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting around 12:30 p.m. and said the shooting happened at Rudsdale Continuation High School. The campus is also home to three other schools – BayTech Charter School, Rudsdale Newcomer High School and Sojourner Truth Independent Study.
Paramedics transported six patients to hospitals, all with gunshot wounds, according to Oakland Fire Department spokesman Michael Hunt.
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Three were taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland where two are in critical but stable condition and one is stable, officials said.
Three others were transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where one was treated and released, one is awaiting release and another is in stable condition.
BayTech School posted on Instagram Wednesday night identifying one of the victims as a school security guard. Officials thankfully said he did not sustain fatal injuries and is expected to survive.
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Oakland police say earlier reports from a city council member that the majority of victims are students are not accurate and that they are all adults but are affiliated with the school.
While Alameda County Sheriff’s Lt. Ray Kelly initially told ABC7 News the shooting was “likely a targeted event,” Oakland police said they are still investigating all possibilities.
At this time, investigators have not released a description of the suspect(s) who fired the shots, but are continuing to search for these individuals.
Oakland Unified released a statement late Wednesday saying there will be no school on campus Thursday.
ABC7 News spoke to a parent who was on the scene picking up her 4-year-old daughter from elementary school. “You hear about this all the time…this is the closest to home. It’s a surreal feeling and you freak out, you just want to get to your daughter,” the parent said. He said he was lucky his young daughter had no idea what was going on.
Tonyia Carter of Youth ALIVE! spoke to ABC7 News reporter Lyanne Melendez as the students waited for their parents at a nearby church.
“We’re confused, we’re worried,” Carter said. “Not only that, we’re p***d off, because the people who have to be on the ground and on the streets and in schools aren’t the ones being funded for this work. So we’re p***d off. *d off, baffled and all, because that kind of stuff might have stepped in. You have to have people in those schools and on those campuses that those kids are connected with.
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According to Rudsdale High’s website, many enrolled students are immigrants who have recently fled their home countries due to violence. “The majority of them work to support themselves and their families while pursuing a high school diploma,” the website says. “Due to their migratory experiences, our students have faced many traumas.”
The students are all between the ages of 16 and 21 and are navigating systems in the United States for the first time as teenagers.
John Sasaki, spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District, said in a statement that district officials “have no information beyond what Oakland police are reporting.”
Oakland Unified officials say the shooting did not take place at the Oakland Academy of Knowledge and had nothing to do with that elementary school.
Community activist Nina Carter is with Youth ALIVE! She is part of his Violence Interrupters team, which arbitrates conflicts between groups and gangs.
Carte says, despite all the rhetoric around school funding, the situation won’t change if Oakland students can’t identify with those in charge.
“You have to have in those schools and on those campuses that these kids (can relate to). You can’t have just anybody dealing with these kinds of traumas that these kids are dealing with. You have to come from there,” says Carter.
The shootings come a day after Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong announced new measures to address gun violence.
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“That’s a problem. In 2021 and 2022, we’ve seen almost double the number of violent crime victims that we see here at our facility,” says James Jackson, CEO of Alameda Health System.
Three of the most seriously injured victims were taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland. This is Alameda County’s main trauma center.
“Something changed. I’m a son of Oakland. I grew up in Oakland. It’s not the Oakland I grew up in,” Jackson says. “We have to do it differently. We have to do something better.”
” Enough is enough. This must stop! says Keith Brown, president of the Oakland teachers’ union, the Oakland Education Association.
He says gun violence is not limited to Oakland. He calls it a national crisis. He adds that more investment is needed in students and staff.
“Making sure we have mental health professionals at all school sites,” says Brown, and that “all adults on campus are fully trained and have all the resources to defuse violence in any type of situation. that can happen on campus.”
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“Whoever would engage in this realizes that there is always a better choice to be made. It is the wrong choice under all circumstances,” said John Sasaki, spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District.
Sasaki calls on city leaders, religious groups, and nonprofits to come together to end gun violence.
“It’s been a tough year in Oakland, but that doesn’t define us. It doesn’t define the school district. It doesn’t define the city,” Sasaki says.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff addressed Wednesday’s shooting saying it “shocks the soul – our schools are sanctuaries for our children.”
Governor Gavin Newsom also took to Twitter to comment on the gun violence, saying “our children were in the crossfire” of the “horrific act of violence”.
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