Three people were fatally shot in Oakland in separate incidents in the same three-hour period on Friday, and that burst of violence was followed by multiple other incidents throughout the weekend that left two more people dead and five others wounded.
It was a violent and chaotic weekend in Oakland, and in addition to multiple sideshows breaking out — including one involving a big rig truck doing donuts — there were eight separate incidents of gun violence that left five people dead and five injured.
The shootings on Friday all took place between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., as SFist earlier reported. Two occurred within two blocks of each other, at 72nd Avenue and International Boulevard, and at 70th and International, and it's not yet clear if these incidents were linked. The third fatality occurred on the 2400 block of 67th Avenue in the Seminary neighborhood.
As KTVU reports, on Saturday, two young men, ages 25 and 26, were shot while riding in a car on the 2300 block of 35th Avenue, also in East Oakland. They both suffered wounds to their hands.
A 54-year-old man was shot just before midnight Saturday night, on International Boulevard near 85th Avenue, and he was listed in critical condition Sunday morning.
Then Sunday saw multiple other violent incidents — all of which occurred during nighttime hours and far away from the entirely peaceful Black Joy Parade in downtown.
A 44-year-old man was fatally shot on the 700 block of Webster Street in Oakland's Chinatown around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. As the East Bay Times reports, a reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in that killing, and anyone with information can contact Oakland police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
Minutes later, a woman was found fatally shot on the Edwards Avenue off-ramp from I-580 in East Oakland. Per KTVU, via California Highway Patrol Sgt. Gavin Hensen, "CHP officers received a call from someone who saw a man attacking a woman next to a car that was pulled over. It turns out, she had been shot... [and her] body was seen lying on the road."
That incident is being investigated by the CHP as it occurred on a roadway, and anyone with information is asked to call 707-917-4491.
After Friday's trio of murders, these brought Oakland's homicide count to 18, compared to 16 at this time last year.
Additionally, a 26-year-old man was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting on the 7800 block of Bancroft Avenue around 2:55 a.m. Sunday. He is expected to survive, per KTVU.
A 54-year-old woman was shot about an hour later while standing by a taco truck on International Boulevard near 42nd Avenue. She suffered a wound to her hand.
Oakland Police Deputy Chief Drennon Lindsey addressed the media at a press conference Monday afternoon. She characterized all of the shootings as "isolated incidents" stemming from "various disputes," and she said there was no evidence at this time of gang-related connections to the incidents.
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