OAKLAND (KCBS) — Some food truck vendors in Oakland have said recent violence has made them feel “terrorized” by criminals. The vendors are getting some help, but it’s not from the city.

Early Thursday morning, the owner of El Mazatlan taco truck exchanged gunfire with two potential robbers. No one was killed, but the suspects were later arrested.

This follows a tragic incident in December when a 5-year-old boy helping his father at the family’s taco truck in east Oakland was shot and killed by stray gunfire.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

Shelly Garza of the Association of Mobile Vendors said vendor robberies are common and they have become easy targets. Her members have been talking about the increasing violence on the streets for at least two years now.

“They are feeling terrorized. As an association we are going to stand up and say we’re going to do everything possible to stop this nonsense,” said Garza.

Her association represents about 120 food truck and push cart vendors. Garza said she doesn’t condone combating violence with violence.

“We’re going to make sure we’re going to have cameras, we’re going to make sure that we talk about maybe some security. Were going to make sure that the city knows that were not going to allow ourselves to be victimized,” she added.

Garza is now in the process of convening an emergency meeting of association members to discuss safety tactics.

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Comments (3)
  1. OaklandTaxpayer says:

    I cannot understand why this area isn’t swept on a surprise basis. I’m very aware of our lack of budget. So what if we had some assistance from other govt agencies, the state or feds? Please do not give me they (thugs w/guns) have rights, they’ve had it their way too long. Who cares if they end up in a crowded jail? They made a choice. We can make a decision. Of course, the chance of this happening? The same chance that Disneyland will open a theme park in Jack London Square. So is there going to be another “shoot’um up day” in Oakland? I’m sure KTVU will let us know. I don’t think we’ll hear a Disneyland theme park is on the way. In the meantime, vendors need to protect themselves.

  2. Ko Bo says:

    The terrorized taco truck owners should contact the Minuteman for armed protection.