Scene of fatal shooting outside Oakland apartment complex
OAKLAND, Calif. —
Oakland Police were searching for a gunman, allegedly a teenager, who was responsible for fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl and wounded another teen at an apartment complex near the Oakland Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
The victims were walking with a group of friends and family members on the 6600 block of Lion Way Sunday around 3:40 p.m. when the fatal shooting occurred, according to police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
A lone suspect, described as a 13 to 16 year old African American male armed with a handgun, approached the group on foot and allegedly starting firing into the crowd, Watson said.
Two shots struck the juvenile victims, killing the girl and sending the 14-year-old boy to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Watson said.
The suspect, who may have been wearing a red t-shirt, fled the area on foot and had not been detained as of Sunday evening.
Watson said investigators were interviewing witnesses and trying to determine the motive in the shooting. The relationship between the victims remains unclear but Watson noted that the group that was fired at consisted of family members and some friends.
"This was a group, a mother and juveniles, all out walking and just enjoying the day," Watson said.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.