Oakland man killed after mass rally known as for an finish to lethal road violence – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland detectives investigated the latest murder in the city on Sunday – just hours after city and community leaders implored a large gathering on Lake Merritt to help end a wave of deadly street violence which had claimed 72 lives so far this year.
Oakland Police said officers responded at 10:23 p.m. to a report of a shooting on the 1200 block of 52nd Avenue
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Arriving officers discovered a man with fatal gunshot wounds and opened a murder investigation. There was no immediate information about the suspect (s) in the case or the motive for the murder.
The victim’s identity was withheld until the next of kin were notified. It was the 72nd murder of the year in the city. According to a city report, there were 85 homicides in all of 2020 and 68 in 2018, the lowest annual number since 1999.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Homicide at (510) 238-3821 or TIP LINE at 238-7950. Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong and the city’s violence prevention director chaired a lunchtime meeting on Lake Merritt to condemn the increasing violence and remember the many recent murders in the city.
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“Look, when they gave me this job, I told you I would be honest with you,” Armstrong told the crowd. “I told you I would fight for the African Americans in town. Nothing has changed.”
Armstrong asked to be shown Oakland, and what he got was a gathering of families affected by gun violence, as well as a crowd of townspeople frustrated by violent crimes.
“Different races, different backgrounds, but a message that is pretty strong,” said Carl Chan, president of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. “Let’s work together and protect our city.”
“I’m here to show my support because I believe we need a safe Oakland,” said Carol Wyatt. “There’s just too much violence going on in Oakland.”
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“It was very important to us to support our police and our city,” said Petra Brady from the Afro-American Chamber of Commerce. “We have to live here. We believe in security like everyone else. “