1 lifeless, 6 wounded in Saturday night time taking pictures at Lake Merritt, Oakland – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – One person was dead, six others were injured and two armed men were arrested in a shooting near the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland Saturday night.
On Sunday, Oakland Police Department PIO officer Johnna Watson sent out an email stating that a seventh victim – an adult woman – had arrived at a local hospital late Saturday night and was involved in a gunshot wound the shooting suffered. It was performed in stable condition.
The shooting occurred just before 6:30 p.m., about a mile north of Lake Merritt Amphitheater, where hundreds of people had gathered throughout the day to mark June 15.
Officials with the Illegal Sideshow detail were sent there to oversee public safety as around 1,000 people gathered at Lake Merritt, the OPD said in a press release on Sunday.
Seven people were shot dead in the incident. Police said a 22-year-old man from San Francisco was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital.
In a previous publication, police said the victims were four men aged 16-27 and one 21-year-old woman, all of whom were in stable condition. The sixth victim, another woman, was also in stable condition, the police said on Sunday.
Police arrested two men and seized two firearms after officers watched them run away from the scene immediately after the shooting, the OPD said.
“Tonight a joyous occasion at our Lake Merritt was marred by a senseless act of gun violence,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. “Police in the area took care of the victims and arrested two people with firearms near the crime scene. The investigation is ongoing and will determine if they are linked to the shooting. Our thoughts go with the families and friends of the victims, and I would like to thank our officers for their quick response. “
#breaking @KPIXtv Several people were shot dead during a Juneteenth celebration on Oakland Lake Merritt. @oaklandpoliceca notified us that a person has died. Hundreds of people are still in the area. pic.twitter.com/8mrSgk6AW2
– Da Lin (@DaKPIX) June 20, 2021
Andrew Simpson was jogging in the park when the gunshots rang out.
“I heard gunshots. It went really fast, ”Simpson told the East Bay Times. “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a guy with a gun pointed at a car. Everyone started sprinting and screaming. They shouted ‘we’re being shot at!’ I didn’t really understand what was going on. Hundreds of people ran. People jumped into their cars and drove away. “
Anita Flynn lives in the neighborhood and was out for a walk with her dog.
“Suddenly people were running away from me in the direction of the pavilion,” she said to KPIX. “And I turned around, 300 people were running straight towards me. So I stepped out into the bush with my dog and they kind of walked around me. I thought it might just be fireworks. “
Homicide investigators tried to find out whether the arrested people were connected or responsible for the shooting. They assume that two shooters were involved because cartridge cases were recovered from two weapons.
“At this point, investigators are investigating what led to the shooting,” said Watson in a press release on Sunday morning.
After the large crowd moved away from the scene, police placed dozens of pieces of evidence on the ground near the intersection of Lakeshore and Brooklyn Avenues.
A black convertible Oldsmobile and a silver Nissan Murano stood in the street, surrounded by dozens of used cartridge cases and covered with yellow tape. Investigators did not say whether the vehicles were involved in the shooting.
#breaking @KPIXtv lots of shell casings on the ground at Lake Merritt. Witnesses say more than 1,000 people were celebrating June 10 when someone started shooting around 6:20 p.m. @oaklandpoliceca said 4 people shot, 1 died. pic.twitter.com/DrvjQMqrAo
– Da Lin (@DaKPIX) June 20, 2021
“What we encourage is that the church work with us and give us their support,” said Lt. William Febel of the Oakland Police Department.
Anyone with information, video, or photos was asked to contact the OPD Homicide Squad at (510) 238-3821.
Crime Stoppers of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department are offering up to $ 35,000 for information leading to the arrest (s) in this case.
This marked the 59th murder investigated by Oakland Police that year, well beyond 2020, when by June 19, 32 murders had been investigated in the city.
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