Oakland 12 yr outdated shot whereas going through catalyst thieves outdoors the home – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (BCN) – A 12-year-old boy was shot dead in Oakland early Friday morning after someone threw a chair at his home at the thieves who were trying to steal the catalyst from their car, police said.

Just after 3 a.m., officials responded to gunfire on the 2500 block on Rawson Street in East Oakland.

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The person who threw the chair told the officers that they heard a noise outside their home. This person and the boy went outside and, according to police, saw at least two people trying to steal the catalyst.

In an interview with KPIX 5, 12-year-old Fernando Melendez said his father confronted the thieves when one of the suspects opened fire.

“The bullet went through my skin like this,” he said. “When I was shot there, my mother was so worried. I thought, ‘Mom, that’s not that bad.’ It hurts a little, not that much. “

The suspects fired multiple shots at residents after the chair was thrown and the boy was hit in the foot by a bullet. He was taken to a hospital for treatment for his injury, police said.

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“Now that he’s back from the hospital, he’s trauma. He asks why they shot him, ”said Yesenia Chavez, Fernando’s mother, through a translator. “Good luck nothing worse happened, especially the husband who was right in the line of fire.”

Police told KPIX 5 that the suspects left their jacks after the shooting and drove away in two vehicles. No one was arrested in that case.

Scene of an attempted theft and shooting of a catalytic converter in East Oakland on the morning of June 11, 2021. (CBS)

The family said the same vehicle was targeted for a catalyst theft two weeks ago. In the incident, the family said a neighbor scared away the potential thieves.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Criminal Police Department at (510) 238-3426.

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