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Oakland Violence Continues, With 2 Dead, 1 Injured at Three Scenes Wednesday

Two more people were killed on the streets of Oakland and another was shot, all during the same 24-hour period when federal officials were in town to talk about how to stem the violence.

Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oakland police found a woman dead in a residential area of 82nd Avenue near MacArthur Boulevard. Investigators Thursday morning said she died from blunt force trauma. No suspects were identified.

Oakland police issued an alert for other law enforcement agencies in surrounding areas to be on the lookout for the suspect, though they did not release a suspect description.

At about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, at a gas station near San Leandro Boulevard and 66th Avenue, Oakland officers found a driver who had been shot in the face. The victim reportedly was shot through the windshield while driving. He was expected to recover.

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, a gunshot victim died at a local hospital, and police determined the shooting happened in the 600 block of 11th Street. No suspects were identified in the shooting.

The two homicides brought Oakland’s total for the year to 104.

The violence occurred on a day when U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and other leaders joined Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to talk about solutions to the violence, from increasing funding for violence prevention to possibly declaring a public health emergency.

Gun sales and gun violence spiked during the pandemic in communities around the Bay Area, and this has been a particularly deadly month in Oakland. For the second year in a row, more than 100 homicides have occurred in the East Bay’s largest city.

Anyone with information on either homicide should contact OPD’s Homicide Section at 510-238-3821 or the TIP LINE at 238-7950.

Source: NBC Bay Area

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