Young girl and man critical after Oakland shooting

A young girl is in the hospital after being shot in the neck. A man was also wounded, but police do not know who the target was.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
A young girl is in the hospital after being shot in the neck while playing outside her home in Oakland. A man was also wounded, but police do not know who the target was. Both the girl and the man are in critical condition. Police say they were shot after two suspects got out of a car, drew their handguns and fired at least 16 shots.

Police say bullets, from half a block away, pierced a wood fence and struck a young girl who was playing on the other side.

"You know, I hear a little girl crying," neighbor Juan Garcia said.

Garcia says he heard 10-16 shots, and then he ran to help the girl who was bleeding badly in her front yard.

Another man halfway down the block was also shot several times. But police aren't sure if he was the intended target or if he was caught in the cross fire.

"We don't have a good description on the gunmen at all," Oakland Police Lt. Freddie Hamilton said.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. on 66th Avenue in a neighborhood just east of International Boulevard.

"There was at least one vehicle driving southbound in the 1800 block of 66th Ave; at least two individuals exited the vehicle and fired multiple rounds back northbound, striking our victims," Hamilton said.

Police say the few witnesses they have are not fully cooperating.
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