Partiers celebrating Juneteenth in Northern California have been seen blocking an ambulance, with a lady twerking atop the car, regardless of responders making an attempt to navigate by the scene to move victims of a shooting during which one individual was killed and a number of other others have been injured.
The Oakland Police Department believes Saturday’s shooting at Lake Merritt was gang-related and a number of shooters are being sought, the division mentioned Monday. An estimated 5,000 individuals have been gathered close to the place the incident occurred within the 2200 block of Lakeshore Avenue simply after 6:20 p.m., police mentioned.
A 22-year-old San Francisco man was killed and 7 individuals have been injured, police mentioned. The victims vary in age from 16 to their mid-60s and are in steady situation, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong advised reporters Monday.
Most of these concerned are usually not from Oakland, he mentioned.
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As first responders have been making an attempt to make their means by the scene following the shooting, a number of individuals started dancing and twerking in opposition to and on high of their ambulance, whereas a big crowd watched and cheered, in response to footage of the incident posted on-line. At one level, somebody climbed on high of the car and a lady danced whereas standing on the hood.
“The fact that we had several people shot and injured, we had people who continued to dance on and around ambulances, preventing the ambulances from leaving the area to get people to hospitals so that they can be treated,” Armstrong mentioned.
He famous that some individuals helped the responders make their means by the crowd.
“We also had some people that stood up, that actually helped out and helped open up traffic,” he mentioned. “We thank them for their efforts.”
In a press release, Mayor Libby Schaaf condemned the newest act of gun violence.
“It’s heartbreaking a joyous occasion at Lake Merritt was marred by violence,” she mentioned.
Fox News has reached out to the ambulance firm and the police division however has not heard again.
Investigators consider the shooting stemmed from a gang feud in San Francisco. Two males noticed operating from the scene have been arrested and two firearms have been recovered. Investigators mentioned it was unclear if they’re related to the shooting.
“There were a large number of firearms at the lake on that day,” Armstrong mentioned. “People continue to come to the city of Oakland armed with firearms.”