OAKLAND (CBS SF) — One person was dead, six others wounded and two armed men arrested Saturday evening in a shooting near the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
On Sunday, Oakland police PIO Officer Johnna Watson sent out an email saying a seventh victim — a female adult — walked into a local hospital late Saturday night suffering from a gunshot injury related to the shooting. She was listed in stable condition.
The shooting occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. about a mile north of the Lake Merritt Amphitheater, where hundreds of people had gathered throughout the day to commemorate Juneteenth.
Officers with the Illegal Sideshow detail had been sent there to monitor public safety because of a crowd of approximately 5,000 people that had gathered at Lake Merritt, the OPD said in a release Sunday.
Seven people were shot during the incident. A 22-year-old man from San Francisco was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, police said.
In an earlier release, police said the victims included four males ranging in age from 16 to 27 and a 21-year-old female — all of whom were in stable condition. The sixth victim, another female, was also in stable condition, police said Sunday.
Police arrested two men and recovered two firearms after officers observed them running away from the scene immediately following the shooting, the OPD said.
“Tonight a joyous occasion at our Lake Merritt was marred by a senseless act of gun violence,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. “Police in the area tended to victims, and apprehended two people with firearms near the scene. The investigation is ongoing and will determine if they are connected to the shooting. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, and I want to thank our officers for a quick response.”
#breaking @KPIXtv multiple people shot during a Juneteenth celebration at Oakland Lake Merritt. We’re told by @oaklandpoliceca one person died. Hundreds of people still in the area. pic.twitter.com/8mrSgk6AW2
— Da Lin (@DaKPIX) June 20, 2021
Andrew Simpson was jogging in the park when the shots rang out.
“I heard gunshots. It was really quick,” Simpson told the East Bay Times. “Out of the corner of my eye I saw a guy with a gun pointing at a car. Everyone started sprinting and screaming. They were yelling ‘we’re getting shot at!’ I didn’t really understand what was going on. Hundreds of people were running. People were jumping in their cars and driving off.”
Anita Flynn lives in the neighborhood and was out walking her dog.
“All of sudden, people in front of me started running away from me toward the gazebo,” she told KPIX. ” And I turned around, like, 300 people were running right at me. So I sort of stepped into the bush with my dog and they kind of ran around me. I thought it was maybe just fireworks.”
Homicide investigators were trying to determine if the individuals arrested were connected or responsible for the shooting. They believe there were two shooters involved because shell casing from two weapons were recovered.
“At this time, investigators are determining what lead up to the shooting,” Watson said in a Sunday-morning release.
After the large crowd cleared out of the scene, police placed dozens of evidence markers on the ground, near the intersection of Lakeshore and Brooklyn Avenues.
A black convertible Oldsmobile and a silver Nissan Murano were in the street, surrounded by dozens of spent shell casings and covered with yellow police tape. Investigators have not said if the vehicles were involved in the shooting.
#breaking @KPIXtv a lot of shell casings on the ground at Lake Merritt. Witnesses say over 1,000 ppl celebrating Juneteenth when someone started shooting around 6:20 pm. @oaklandpoliceca said 4 ppl shot, 1 died. pic.twitter.com/DrvjQMqrAo
— Da Lin (@DaKPIX) June 20, 2021
“What we are encouraging is that the community partner with us and give us their support,” said Oakland police Lt. William Febel.
Anyone with information, video footage or photos was urged to contact OPD’s Homicide Division at (510) 238-3821.
Crime Stoppers of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department are offering up to $35,000 for information leading to the arrest(s) in this case.
This was the 59th homicide investigated by Oakland police this year, far outpacing 2020 when there were 32 homicides being investigated in the city by June 19.
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