Deadly weekend shootings carry the variety of murders in Oakland to 65 for the yr – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (BCN) – The deaths of three men fatally shot over the weekend and another who died last week from wounds he sustained in Oakland earlier this month increased the number of murders in the city for the year at 65, said the police.
According to the authorities, the average number of deaths on Wednesday morning is around one every three days.
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The deaths come a week after Oakland City Council voted to divert money from the police.
The last fatal shooting was around 11 p.m. on Saturday when a Stockton man died from gunshot wounds he sustained in the 6200 block of Hayes Street, police said. The man was shot multiple times and died in Highland Hospital.
At around 11 p.m. on Friday, police said officers were dispatched to investigate reports of gunfire in the 5400 block on Bancroft Avenue. When officers arrived, residents tagged them and informed them that a man from Oakland was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds behind 5477 Bancroft Avenue, police said.
According to the police, the man died on the scene.
At 3 p.m. Friday, officials were stopped by citizens who said a person was shot dead in the 2200 block of Chestnut Street, police said.
The officials responded and found that a San Leandro man had been shot several times. He died on the scene, the police said.
On Thursday, an Oakland man died in Highland Hospital from injuries sustained in a shooting on June 16 at the 600 block of 23rd Street.
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Police are currently not releasing the names of the victims, according to the Alameda County Coroner’s Office.
At a press conference on Monday, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong condemned the city council’s $ 18 million budget cuts. He said it would reduce police response and reduce the number of new recruits by cutting two academy classes over the next two years.
“Today we are in a crisis,” Armstrong told reporters. “It’s already difficult for us to respond to the high number of calls. That will make it more difficult to have fewer officers in the field. “
According to Council President Nikki Fortunado-Bas, this “cut” may not be a cut at all.
“The action we took on the budget was to reduce a mayor-proposed increase from $ 27 million to just $ 9 million,” said Fortunato-Bas. “It wasn’t a cut.”
The President-in-Office of the Council said it had simply been decided not to increase the number of police academies by two, as recommended in the mayor’s draft budget.
Every murder is investigated by the police. Anyone with information can call the police homicide squad at (510) 238-3821 or the tipline at (510) 238-7950.
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