Oakland leaders call for end to violence after death of Judy Salamon

July 26, 2013 6:24:11 PM PDT
An East Oakland community is pleading with city leaders to help put an end to the violence. This comes just days after the death of 66-year-old Judy Salamon, shot to death in neighborhood in her car.

Many people didn't know the victim, but they felt connected to her simply through empathy. They're demanding more from each other, city leaders and demonstrators.

"This is the worse I have seen in this neighborhood in 45 years," said one neighbor to the crowd.

On Friday, dozens attended an early morning rally to voice their anger and frustration over the gun violence that claimed the life of one of their own -- a long-time resident, popular pet sitter and dog walker. Neighbors are hoping witnesses will come forward with information in Salamon's case, but understand why they may not.

"They're afraid that if they say something, then those who did this or others that might have done that, will keep an eye out for them," said Ellena Rubin Goodman of Oakland.

Salamon's death was the latest in what seems to be wave of violence taken to new lows in Oakland. The 66-year-old East Oakland resident was shot in the head in the middle of the afternoon, in the 2400 block of Fern Street, less than a mile from where she lived.

Just last week, in Oakland's Dimond neighborhood, 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine was also shot and killed. Investigators say the little girl ran to answer the door when a gunman opened fire. The 8-year old was attending a sleepover at her friend's house.

Police have not shared much about either of the shootings which have enraged the community and has them pushing city leaders for answers.

"I hear your complaints and I hear your passion, 'We need to take action,' but we need your help," said Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo.

The president of the local Neighborhood Watch, Preston Turner, told ABC7 News police could do more, if they weren't distracted by the endless rounds of demonstrations targeting law enforcement and protesters hell-bent on vandalizing the city.

"If they really want make a name for themselves, they would work with me, work with city council, work with our neighborhoods on turning this stuff around," said Turner.

Until then some in the community are pushing their neighbors to take matters into their own hands by hiring paid patrols to pick up the slack they say OPD can't cover.

"Having one more set of eyes in some sort of official looking vehicle. What do you have to lose?" asks Joel Denney of Oakland.

That's a question many may be asking themselves on Saturday when community leaders plan to discuss contracting a private security company.

Salamon was driving her Subaru Outback in the Fairfax neighborhood when she was shot in the head. Investigators have not released details about the crime, but have said that they are using surveillance video to piece together clues.


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