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Oakland Police Say 7 Shot And Wounded Near Park

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Police on the scene after seven people were shot near 96th Avenue and Olive Street on November 25, 2013. (CBS)

Police on the scene after seven people were shot near 96th Avenue and Olive Street on November 25, 2013. (CBS)

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Police say seven people have been shot and wounded near a park in Oakland.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said a report came in shortly after 6 p.m. Monday of a shooting at 96th and Olive St. in East Oakland.

Watson said officers arrived to find seven people with gunshot wounds.

A 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old man were left in critical condition. Five other men — two 29-year-olds, a 28-year-old, a 27-year-old and a 23-year-old — are expected to survive their injuries, Watson said.

A woman named Isabel, who did not want to give her last name, told KPIX 5 that she was about to go into a store when the shooting occurred.

“I turned around and ran back in the store. Then I heard the gunshots and I hit the ground and a bullet went straight through my pony tail,” she said.

Police have been focusing their patrols lately on violent parts of Oakland. Interim Chief Sean Whent said things had been working until Monday night’s shooting.

“Shootings are significantly down this year, murders are significantly down this year, so there is signs of progress,” Whent said. “But obviously stuff like this shows we still have work to do.”

There were no immediate reports of any suspects or arrests.

The scene is about a block from Verdese Carter Park and community garden.

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