Oakland Police determine two individuals who had been fatally shot within the current murders – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (BCN / CBS SF) – Oakland police on Friday released the names of two youngest murder victims who were among those who lost their lives in the recent rise in street violence.
Mark Downs, a 49-year-old Oakland resident, was fatally shot and killed early Wednesday morning on the 2600 block on East 27th Street in East Oakland.
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Officers replied at 3:46 a.m. after being alerted to gunfire by the division’s ShotSpotter shot detection system.
A week earlier, on May 7th, 62-year-old Ernesto Ortega was shot dead on the 2300 block on 55th Avenue. The officers reacted to the shooting at 12:42 am after someone reported a person on the ground.
The officers located Ortega and found that he was unresponsive and suffered from gunshot wounds. He died on the scene.
The fatal shots at Ortega on Friday morning sparked a special weekend in a year when police reported a huge increase in fatal violence on the street in Oakland.
Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong vowed Monday that he and his department were determined to halt the surge in gun violence that continued over the weekend, including two murders and nearly a dozen shootings over 36 hours.
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The violence that began with Ortega’s fatal shots early Friday continued on Saturday.
Less than four hours later, officials investigated a second murder. At around 4:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1400 block on 3rd Street to investigate the report of a shooting.
Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive man who was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was also explained at the scene.
Over the next 13 hours, officers investigated seven different shootings with a total of 10 victims.
“When many of you hear the constant gunfire, you may feel hopeless, frustrated and anxious,” Armstrong said in a press release. “As your boss, I refuse to give up! OPD needs yours [local residents] help to reduce violence in our city. “
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