Toddler still critical after Oakland shootout

November 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Oakland police are hunting the people who opened fire on a crowd in a parking lot Sunday night, injuring seven people, including a toddler.

"I'm just worried about my nephew right now," Hiram Lawrence's uncle Norman Bobino said.

Twenty-three-month-old Lawrence is in critical condition at Childrens Hospital, one of seven people shot Monday night in a West Oakland parking lot.

Oakland police now have at least two surveillance videos of the mass shooting that show multiple angles, but they say the images aren't enough. They need witnesses to identify the suspects.

"We know for a fact there were a lot of witnesses who saw what happened and we're asking the public to help identify who did this," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said.

"We do have a lack of cooperation and we're trying to change that," Oakland Police Sgt. Randy Wingate said.

The plea for help comes less than 24 hours after seven people were shot in a liquor store parking lot. Three victims, including Hiram Lawrence, remain in critical condition.

According to the liquor store owner, before the shooting, Lawrence's father entered the store carrying the boy.

Investigators say 20-30 people had gathered in the parking lot to make a music video when the shooting started.

Some of the victims pulled their own guns and fired back, as many as 50 shots in all.

On Tuesday, city leaders gathered to call for an end to the violence.

"We need to say that's enough; we need to say we can't have our children be the senseless victims of senseless violence," Mayor Jean Quan said.

Tuesday, a group of young men who used to cause trouble on the streets but are now part of an outreach group that wants to help stop the violence went to the scene of the shooting.

These young men are part of an outreach group that came to the parking lot today. Men who used to cause trouble on the streets, who now want to help stop the violence.

"We'll try to deal with the people, the victims, try to keep them from retaliating, because we want the gunfire to stop," Akil Truso said.

Police said late Tuesday that they are making progress in their investigation and they are now looking for specific people related to the case.

A vigil will be held for Hiram Lawrence Wednesday night.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the shooting.

Oakland police are asking anyone with information about the case to call (510) 773-2805.

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