The first incident happened just after 5 p.m. on the 6500 block of International Boulevard where a mother and her three-year-old son were waiting for an AC Transit bus. A nearby gun battle erupted between two groups of people, either both in vehicles or one on the street and one in a vehicle, and the mother and son quickly tried to escape by boarding an approaching bus. It wasn't until they were aboard the bus that the mother realized that a bullet had gone through the boy's shoe and grazed his foot, at which point the bus was stopped and police were called, as the Oakland Tribune reports.
The second incident happened around 10 p.m. Monday inside a home on the 900 block of 83rd Avenue, also in East Oakland. A 21-year-old mother was sitting on a couch with her 2-year-old son when two individuals entered the home and began shooting. Both were shot, the mother in the stomach and leg and the boy in the shoulder, and both were taken to the hospital and were reported in stable condition.
Two suspects whose names have not been released, one age 19 and the other 23, were later arrested nearby on the 1000 block of 83rd Avenue in connection with the shooting, and they're still being questioned this morning. The motive for the shooting remains uncertain.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $15,000 in reward money for information leading to any arrests in the earlier shooting. Tips can be called in to the OPD at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.