/UPDATE: 1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Saturday Evening Shooting at Oaklands Lake Merritt – CBS San Francisco

UPDATE: 1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Saturday Evening Shooting at Oaklands Lake Merritt – CBS San Francisco


OAKLAND (CBS SF) — One person was dead, five others wounded and two armed men arrested Saturday evening in a shooting near the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt, authorities said.

Oakland police PIO Officer Johnna Watson said that at the time shoots rang out at 6:22 p.m. there was a large crowd of 1,000 gathered at Lake Merritt.

Officers were in the area and quickly responded to the scene. They discovered six gunshot victims. Five males ranging from age 16-27 and one female 21-years-old.

A 22-year-old male was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening wounds and succumbed to his injuries a short time later. His identity was being withheld pending notification of next to kin. No updates were given on the condition of the other five victims.

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.”

Watson said in a news release that immediately after the shooting, officers observed two men running from the scene with firearms. Both men have been arrested and two firearms recovered.

Homicide investigators were trying to determine if the individuals arrested were connected or responsible for the shooting.

Video of the scene showed dozens of evidence markers on the sidewalk and in the street at the shoreline.

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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