Oakland Lake Merritt Juneteenth celebrations overshadowed by lethal mass shootings – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX) – Oakland Police say approximately 5,000 people were hanging out on Lakeshore Avenue when gunfire broke out Saturday night. Six people were injured and a 22-year-old man from San Francisco was killed in the mass shootings at Lake Merritt.
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“All I saw was the shot. It was like ‘Pop! Pop! Pop! ‘”Said a witness who feared retaliation and refused to give his name. “After shooting people, the bullets hit the ground five feet away from me. I was like, ‘Oh my goddamn God’, excuse my language. ”
The police arrested two men and seized two guns. No motive was identified and it is unclear whether they shot at each other or at another group.
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“We see if this is related to any gangs, groups or specific goals. We don’t have those answers right now, ”said Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
The sound of gunfire caused panic and hundreds of people fled.
The six victims between the ages of 16 and 27 are in stable condition, the police said. They did not disclose the name of the deceased.
Oakland Police say the mass shootings were unrelated to the official Juneteenth event, which took place about half a mile from the crime scene.
Many people at the scene said that although there was no official event taking place in the 2200 block of Lakeshore Avenue, thousands of people went there to celebrate and celebrate June 15 before the shooting took place.