Oakland teen gunned down while walking

September 8, 2009 5:24:40 PM PDT
A 17-year-old girl was shot dead in a usually quiet Oakland neighborhood. Neighbors cannot remember the last time anything like this happened. An 11-year-old boy was playing nearby when the gunfire erupted.

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"I saw that a red car came and the people jumped out and they shot," the young witness told ABC7.

It was a brazen murder. 17-year-old Desiree Davis was shot as she walked down the street at 5:00 in the evening. She is now the sixth minor killed in Oakland this year and the killing was witnessed by an 11-year-old child.

"All I hear is a car jump out, and like a car stop, loud noise, and they jumped out and they started shooting," the boy recalled.

The north Oakland neighborhood near the Emeryville border is usually a quiet place. But now, the unmistakable signs of violence are everywhere. The shooting happened while residents were outside enjoying the Labor Day holiday. They said there were at least three men in the car.

The shooter fired more than 20 rounds and also hit an unidentified 23-year-old man who is in stable condition. Desiree lay dead across the street from the Humanity Baptist Church. Police do not know if she was the intended target or what her relationship was to the other victim.

"Right now we don't know the motive of the shooting and we don't have any leads. We know that especially at 5:00 at night, there's a lot of people out there and we need them to call the Oakland Police Department," said Officer Jeff Thomason.

Desiree had just started her senior year at Oakland Technical High. She went to summer school and was a year book editor. On Tuesday, campus police were on high alert as authorities searched for clues and grief counselors met with students.

"She was from New Orleans. That's why it was a real shock. She came down here expecting the best and she wasn't involved in any kind of gang-related stuff. That's why it came as a shock, really," said Desiree's friend Arliss Daniels.

It is also a shock for the people who witnessed the whole thing.

"I was really surprised because this is really a nice block, you know? It's family oriented, so I was kind of shocked," another witness recalled.

Desiree was the 77th homicide in Oakland this year. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Oakland Police Department. There is a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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