OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Police were investigating whether gunshots fired on Leona Creek Drive in Oakland on Wednesday night are related to a shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy in the same neighborhood the night before.

Police responded to the gunshots Wednesday at 7:23 p.m. but by the time they arrived at the scene there were no victims or suspects remaining in the vicinity. However, witnesses were still at the scene, Oakland police Officer J. Kroushour said.

The shooting on Wednesday night occurred in the same neighborhood near the Oakland Coliseum as a homicide Tuesday night, in which an aspiring young firefighter had his life cut short after being gunned down in East Oakland Tuesday night.

Hadari Askari, 15, of Oakland had just begun a seven-week summer work program with the Oakland Fire Department on Monday, a fire official said.

The program, which is a paid internship put together in connection with the Oakland-based nonprofit youth group Youth Uprising, teaches kids the ins and outs of becoming a firefighter, Oakland fire chief of staff Cynthia Perkins said.

Kids learn how to respond to emergencies while remaining calm and collected, get certified in CPR and learn about the fire inspection process while makings rounds in the field, Perkins said.

Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said that of the 15 students accepted for the internship, Hadari stood out.

“I could tell he was excited about the program and the opportunity to work for the OFD,” Reed said in a statement. “He appeared to be a good kid with a good spirit.”

Hadari was killed just outside a housing complex in the 6700 block of Leona Creek Drive just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, a police spokeswoman said.

Hadari was pronounced dead at the scene at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Johnna Watson said. Police have made no arrests.

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