Oakland records 6 homicides in 4 days marking 'deadliest week this year'

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022
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The city of Oakland saw its deadliest week and month this year after recording six homicides in the past four days, according to police.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Six people have lost their lives to violence since Thursday in Oakland and a 13-year-old was shot at an Oakland school Monday afternoon, Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said at a news conference Monday.

The child was in stable condition at a hospital after the shooting at Madison Park Academy. Officers responded at 1:30 p.m. to the school at 400 Capistrano Drive where they say one student shot another.

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The student who allegedly fired the gun was taken into custody and law enforcement recovered the gun, Armstrong said.

"This is impacting every area of our city," Armstrong said of the shootings. "Nobody is immune from this level of gun violence."

Teachers are equally as concerned about the school shooting. The Oakland Education Association released a statement on Monday calling for "continued, comprehensive solutions" to address gun violence.

"Educators are shaken, sad, horrified and stressed after today's school shooting at Madison Park Academy that wounded one student," said OEA President Keith Brown. "Educators have major concerns over the resources that are readily available to support the needs of our students. Our public schools should be safe havens for students, free from the fear of gun violence."

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At the fourth Monday news conference in a row, Chief Armstrong detailed what happened between Thursday and Monday while clergy stood at his side.

A 19-year-old Oakland man died at the scene of a shooting early Thursday evening in the 2400 block of 64th Avenue. Then Friday evening two people died from gunfire and a bicyclist caught in the melee was hit by a vehicle, all in the 2800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. All three died at the scene, Armstrong said, adding that someone opened fire and another retaliated. The vehicle was out of control when it hit the bicyclist, Armstrong said.

The scene was "horrific," he said.

Another Oakland man died Saturday morning in the 600 block of Sycamore Street following a shooting and a 22-year-old man died early Sunday morning when he was shot in the 2400 block of Park Boulevard, the 83rd killing this year in Oakland-- just two shy of the total at this time last year, according to Armstrong.

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"Firearms are overwhelming our community," he said.

This year Oakland police have recovered over 1,000 guns compared with about 800 last year at this time.

Pastor Jim Hopkins of Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church joined Armstrong at the Monday news conference saying that Oaklanders must find a way to bless each other and that begins with putting down the guns.

Armstrong mentioned the city's Ceasefire program, which has been effective at reducing violence. Through that program, police and clergy have been talking to people most likely to perpetrate and most likely to be victims of violence to prevent further slayings.

Before the pandemic, Ceasefire was responsible for reducing killings by nearly 50 percent from 2012 to 2018.

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