OAKLAND (KCBS) — Oakland’s chief of police was outraged by the Sunday afternoon shooting death of a 15-year-old girl. Speaking from police headquarters, Chief Howard Jordan gave promise to do a better job of protecting all the city’s citizens, especially children.
The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. when a group of young people walked on Lion Way towards the nearby Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station. They were allegedly planning a trip to a nearby shopping mall.
It was reported that a teenage boy, armed with a gun, opened fire at Lion Creek Crossings Apartment on Lion Way near 69th Avenue. The victim, Jabrille Jordan, was a sophomore at Oakland’s Life Academy High School. The second person struck, a 14-year-old boy is expected to survive.
“Another senseless act of violence,” said Chief Jordan. He said his investigators are pulling out all the stops in order to catch the gunman. “This is the 131st murder of the year for the city. It reflects the level of violence for the city. It has to stop.”
Jordan said there’s a series of initiatives that should soon be in place within the city and with the OPD aimed at putting a dent in crime.
Among them are clerical duties being reassigned to allow captains and investigators to have an increased presence on the streets. Community policing will be ramped up and Jordan’s idea for new recruits is to increase the age. It will go from 20 and a half to the new limit of 25 years. He said that will give arriving officers “more seasoning” when they begin their patrols.
Of the 131 homicides in 2012, 12 were young people, which is one more than in 2011.
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