OAKLAND (CBS SF) – For a second straight weekend, fatal gun violence on the streets of Oakland has killed two lives, authorities said.
Oakland police officer Wesley Huynh said officers responded to reports of gunfire at 5:53 p.m. on Sunday on the 2500 block of Highland Avenue in the Highland Terrace neighborhood.
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Arriving officers found two 17-year-old men lying on East 26th Street with gunshot wounds. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim died from wounds in a local hospital.
Oakland police said a suspect was in custody in the shooting.
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The deaths were the 50th and 51st murders investigated by Oakland police that year. Last year, police had investigated 24 murders at the time, according to the Oakland Tribune.
Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong vowed last week 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.
“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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Oakland police and crime fighters are offering up to $ 10,000 in rewards for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in any murder. Anyone with information can call the police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.