OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A person was fatally shot in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood Monday afternoon, amid an ongoing spike in gun violence and homicides in the city.
Police said the shooting took place shortly 2:10 p.m. on the 400 block of 8th Street. The shooting was heard at Oakland Police Department headquarters, about a couple blocks away.
“There was a series of gunshots that could be heard from the Police Department. Officers rushed to the scene,” Capt. Bobby Hookfin of Oakland police said at a briefing about an hour after the shooting.
Hookfin said they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers rendered aid to the victim and medical assistance was called, but the man succumbed to his injuries.
According to KPIX 5’s Andria Borba, at least 20 shell casings were visible on the ground.
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“I believe our ShotSpotter may have counted at least 20 rounds,” Hookfin said.
According to police, the shooter may have used a high-powered weapon or multiple weapons.
Police told KPIX 5 that Monday’s shooting is not related to the spate of assaults and hate crimes against Asian Americans that have happened in recent weeks. Hookfin called the incident a “targeted shooting.”
No additional details about the victim or potential suspects were immediately available.
Monday’s homicide is the 52nd in Oakland so far this year, more than double compared to the same time last year.
Police said they were canvassing the area for surveillance video and that the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting is asked to contact the department’s homicide unit at 510-238-3821.