Shooting outside Oakland City Hall marks 4th killing in 24 hours

A wave of deadly gun violence in Oakland landed outside the gates of City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, where a shooting marked the city’s fourth homicide in less than 24 hours.

Shortly after 2 p.m., two men were shot near 14th Street and Broadway, according to the Oakland Police Department. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

It is the city’s fourth shooting death since Monday night and its 91st murder this year, police said. Oakland recorded 100 homicides this time last year.

The city council briefly halted its meeting after the shooting, according to KRON-TV.

No arrests have been made as Oakland police continue to investigate.

Just hours earlier, police officials held a press conference on a series of shootings that left three people dead in 45 minutes on Monday night.

Just before 7:45 p.m. Monday, the city’s ShotSpotter system, which uses audio sensors to detect gunshots, alerted officers to multiple shots fired in the 3100 block of Telegraph Avenue, the city’s spokesman said. police Kim Armstead at the press conference.

Two men, aged 27 and 59, were shot and pronounced dead at the scene, she said.

A third victim, identified as a 19-year-old man, “self-transported” to hospital, Armstead said. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Investigators believe multiple shooters in a vehicle opened fire on a crowd “at two separate establishments”, she said. As of Tuesday, authorities did not know a motive.

Two officers on traffic control duty near the scene of the shooting were injured when a suspected drunk driver rammed them, Armstead said. One was inside a marked patrol vehicle while the other stood outside; both were taken to hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The driver was arrested.

Less than an hour after the shooting on Telegraph, multiple 911 callers reported a shooting in the 2200 block of East 20th Street.

A 48-year-old woman who had been shot and injured was pronounced dead at the scene, Armstead said.

In addition to the three fatal shootings, Oakland police were investigating “four separate shootings that occurred across the city in 1 p.m.,” she said.

The violence leaves its mark on the community, an activist said.

“We are killing each other,” said Antoine Towers, president of the Oakland Violence Prevention Coalition. “It’s for sure something that increasingly chills our hearts, that makes people normalize the evil that’s happening in the community. They feel like there’s no chance and it’s is supposed to be like this.

Towers, who works as a violence interrupter, said he and his colleagues face significant challenges in building trust with these communities.

The younger generations in particular, he said, are doing “everything [they] can survive. … It’s survival of the fittest.

He spoke of a young man he had been visiting in hospital since August who was involved in gang life, picking on him and refusing services.

Towers said he finally managed to contact the youngster when he visited him earlier on Tuesday.

“After sitting in there for a while, he was like, ‘I want to be safe,'” Towers said. “He made it possible for a real conversation to take place today.”

The young man had previously balked at offers to be relocated to a new apartment where he would have the opportunity to find a job, build his credit and have stability, said the intervention worker. violence.

Such breakthroughs can take weeks or more of grueling work focused on that person’s needs and life experiences, Towers said.

“I’ve long said that crime happens in our community when we can’t communicate with each other,” he said. “You can’t get [to] solutions unless you approach the beginning.


Los Angeles Times

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