Off-duty Oakland firefighter killed in shooting, another injured

- A 30-year-old off-duty probationary Oakland firefighter was killed in a shooting in San Jose Thursday night, and his 26-year-old colleague was injured, according to fire officials. The Oakland Fire Department has identified the deceased firefighter as Jake Walter.

  • A procession carries the body of Oakland firefighter Jake Walter from San Jose to Oakland

  • Oakland fire officials speak about the death of firefighter Jake Walter

The fire department would not identify the 26-year old victim but said both men graduated from firefighting class 216.

"They are in our prayers," said San Jose Police Officer Albert Morales, whose agency is investigating the double shooting.

San Jose Police arrested 27-year-old Oliver Juinio in connection with the shooting. Police say Juinio initially fled the scene, but was later located and arrested. 

He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for murder and attempted murder. 

A woman who lives near the shooting scene told KTVU that a man hid behind her garbage cans in her backyard and was taken into custody about 1 a.m. It's unclear if that man was related to the firefighter shooting.

Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton said the two were attending an event on the 300 block of East Taylor Street, near Japantown. When they left, they were confronted by a group of men, and were shot about 9:40 p.m.

  • A neighbor shoots video from the scene shortly after the shooting in San Jose

Walter was taken to Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The 26-year-old was in stable condition Friday morning after suffering one gunshot wound, Drayton said

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company was hosting a live performance of the Mango Kingz near where the shooting took place. It wasn't immediately clear if the two young men had been inside.

"I don't know whether the suspect or suspects were part of that event or just happened to be in the area," Morales said.


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