The manhunt for at least two shooters continues in Oakland, California, after gunmen opened fire at a school complex on Wednesday in a gang-related incident, according to authorities.
Six adults were shot on the King Estate complex, which houses four schools, shortly before kids were dismissed for the day, according to Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong.
Two students, a counselor, a security guard, and two additional school personnel are among the victims. Two individuals are in serious condition, while one is in stable condition. The remaining patients have been released from area hospitals.
“We know there were at least two shooters and another accomplice in this instance, but there might have been more,” Armstrong said, adding that detectives suspect the crime was gang-related.
He continued, “We believe this is tied to existing issues in our city that have fueled violence throughout our city, and we will continue to investigate leads in order to find those involved.”
“We also know that over thirty bullets were discharged on campus. That is completely inadmissible. We praise God that many more students were not hurt by this action “he continued.
According to the Oakland Police Department, the shooting was gang-related.
Armstrong stated that investigators believe the shooters had a specific target in mind, but did not specify who. In addition, investigators are still attempting to ascertain the cause of the shooting.
Video video and other evidence indicate that the shooters infiltrated the Rudsdale High School portion of the King Estate complex, where the incident happened.
“The perpetrators are still roaming our town while armed and dangerous,” Armstrong stated.
In ten days, a spate of violence has resulted in nine homicides.
A student was stabbed and pistol-whipped in another altercation at the same school about a month prior to the shooting. (The Oakland Police Department declined to respond to NPR’s questions about the incident and provide any details.) And it has been less than a month since at nearby middle school Madison Park Academy. In this incident, the authorities found that it was not a premeditated school shooting and that the victim was not the planned target. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a 12-year-old was later apprehended.
According to officials, there have been nine homicides in the city over the past ten days.
During a press conference held last month, Armstrong referred to the increase in such violence as a “epidemic.” “”It’s a people problem,” he explained, “because people in our community have grown incapable of resolving conflicts without the use of firearms. And this is regrettable because it leaves our communities with so much trauma.”