OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Friends and family of 1-year-old Hiram Lawrence organized a community car wash Saturday to raise money for the toddler’s mounting medical bills. Hiram was shot in the head earlier this week when gunfire erupted at a video shoot in Oakland. Six others were injured, three critically.
Five “persons of interest” have been detained in connection with the shooting that injured six other people, but police say they need more information from witnesses.
The shooting, which occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Monday in a parking lot on the 700 block of Willow Street, broke out just as a rap artist was wrapping up a video shoot. Someone opened fire on a group of about 20 to 30 people, and at least one person in the group of victims fired back, according to police.
The five persons of interest have been detained so far on unrelated charges, said police spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins.
While police have indicated previously that some witnesses were less than cooperative, Perkins said that, contrary to some reports, the family of the injured child has been cooperative.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Police Chief Howard Jordan joined church and community leaders Friday afternoon in a canvass of the area where the shooting occurred. Quan noted that when 3-year-old Carlos Nava was shot earlier this year, police were able to make arrests within two weeks because witnesses came forward after a canvass by community leaders.
“We need witnesses to share what they know with the police so that we can apprehend those responsible for this violence,” Quan said in a statement.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call (510) 773-2805 or to email anonymously to Oakland police at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $35,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
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