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Four Men, White Dodge Sought After Oakland Club Killings

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland police are looking for four suspects in connection with a shooting at a bar and restaurant near Jack London Square early Sunday morning that left two men dead and four other people wounded.

Police described the suspects in the shooting at Sweet Jimmie’s at 311 Broadway at 12:42 a.m. as four black males in their late teens or early 20s who were driving a four-door, white Dodge Avenger.

Police said their investigation into the shooting is ongoing and the motive is unknown.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

The two male victims were pronounced dead at the scene, two other male victims sustained life-threatening injuries and remain in critical condition and two females sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

There were several yellow police markings on the ground Monday outside Sweet Jimmie’s, which is located between Second and Third streets.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The bar and restaurant also has a cracked window that apparently was caused by a gunshot.

A second shooting occurred about 2:10 a.m., when a man was shot in the 200 block of Clay Street, which is only two blocks away from Sweet Jimmie’s.

The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said in a prepared statement that shootings in downtown Oakland “are a rare occurrence” and crime in the city is down by 12 percent compared to this time last year.

However, Quan admitted the number of homicides has increased, saying she and police Chief Anthony Batts “continue to focus our efforts on the increase in homicides and shootings since the first of the year.”

Quan wouldn’t comment on the specific details of the shootings but she said, “I assure you that it is a high priority and the Police Department will schedule increased patrols in the area as they continue to investigate the circumstances.”

There has been a history of violence at nightclubs near Jack London Square.

In November 2006, a 30-year-old pregnant woman was shot and killed in the 200 block of Webster Street after she and her boyfriend and other friends had left Mingles, which was located nearby at 370 Embarcadero and featured hip-hop music.

Police said the woman was an innocent victim who was caught in the crossfire of two rival groups who shot at each other following an altercation inside the club.

The owner of Mingles, which had been the subject of numerous complaints, shut down the club after the woman was killed.

Sweet Jimmie’s is the second version of the Sweet Jimmie’s restaurant that was opened by “Sweet Jimmie” Ward in 1987 at 577 18th St. in downtown Oakland but closed in 2006 after there were complaints about violence outside the club.

Ward died last year.

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  • tn

    Oakland = bullets, brothers, beatings, burials. Sad. Oakland continues to be the armpit of the Bay Area. Less cops, no leadership, funding cuts and growing crime. Prayers to the victims, residents and tax-paying citizens of Oakland.

    • Ce'Rena

      My heart goes out to all of the families in the city of Oakland. Working class Americans are trapped in a crime ridden war zone and our government does nothing to help them. When will we come together like we did in the days of the Black Panther Party and join together to claim what is rightfully ours. This country was built on the backs of African Americans. Why are we being held hostage in our homes and are children turned into little soldiers fighting for there lives. If the gangs and crime don’t kill then then the police of Oakland, CA. surly will.

  • abc

    All club and restaurant should require to have video surveillance. Look like another killing gonna get away

  • Mark H

    Oakland = Mexico

  • Tours Martel

    As long as the tax-paying citizens pay for fatherless welfare recipients this will be the result. The reason we have fewer police is that the police union is stuck on overpaid and overpensioned. Our politicians are the recipients of union largesse, and so, will not squeeze their golden goose. And “we the people” are responsible for this situation.

    • T Harris

      The reason for father less welfare recipients because half of the father have been murder . and the mothers of these childdren are doing the best that they can to raise there babies .Its is going to take the people of the community to stop the violence and to get the murderers of the streets. my son was murder due to a drive by in Richmond in front of his grand mother house and we were not a welfare recipient and he was not a tug .his murder has not been solve. I swear that i will stand up and fight for our children and we have to teach non violence in the schools starting from the babies we might can help the older ones but we can help the children .

  • blah123

    “crime in the city is down by 12 percent compared to this time last year.”

    foooey! it is down because there are way fewer cops on the street to take reports. they’ve been saying this for three years running. complete bs! each year sees more core cops off the force due to layoffs and attrition. oakland is getting worse crime-wise, not better. everyone i know dread night fall because of arm robberies and assaults…and we live in the better part of oakland.

    its too bad that this beautiful city is being held hostage knuckle headed politicians and the police union.

  • Dawg

    How can they say “the motive is unknown,” Dey was dissed, dat be motive enuff!

  • Fred Tate

    For T Harris,

    You obviously have no idea what you are talking about if you think these single mothers are doing their best. They continue the cycle by engaging in relationships with thugs and showing their children that rules and consequence don’t exist. That the thug life that got their fathers killed is their only option.There is a small percentage of these mothers that do try their best, but they are few and far between. Most just perpetuate the drama. Your whole social liberal experiment has not worked. It is time to lock up drugs dealers and shooters for life and invoke the death penalty for anyone who kills another. All of your “let’s teach the kids anti-violence” doesn’t happen and doesn’t work as a few minutes of class room teaching of anti-vioence a day can not compete with years of thuggery taught to them at home by their single mothers and their thug boyfriends and babys daddys. Wake up and smell the coffee people before you completely lose your city.

  • Native Oaklander

    It’s amazing how people can throw their comments around. Not all single parents have thug boyfriends and not single parents raise their children alone even though they are apart. Sometimes being a part is for the betterment of the child/children. My daughter’s father and I chose to be apart to be apart but raise her together. We did it without welfare and she turned out just fine. I do feel that less and less of our young black men are given the opportunity of an honest job and there is more of a drug problem amongst their parents which make them take to the streets to make a living the best way that they can. There are a lot of illegal immigrants working for cheap labor for cash under the table. This causes a problem for anybody who is even willing to accept a minimum wage job. Oakland is over populated with individuals who don’t even and won’t even try to get a license or try to become legal and this also makes it hard to collect taxes and make jobs available for those who are residents of Oakland. So the problem or solution as you may see it is not as cut and tr\\dry as you would have it to be.

  • WASP

    This is African-American culture.

    Anyone who is critical is a rayshist!!!

  • NO

    If it is such an African American culture, Why are they starting to call Oakland little Mexico? Gang violence is on the rise in this culture also. Oh and this is how you spell (racist).

  • J Raymond

    In 1940, 94% of Oakland residents were White. It was a nice city with nice, productive peope, inlcuding my mother, my grandparents and great grandparents.
    Time to take back OUR city for the WHITE community!

  • proud_bay_man

    Just follow the trail of rap music blaring from the car….

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