Northwest Oakland shooting injures one person
on November 12, 2009
Gunfire rang out in Northwest Oakland Wednesday night, injuring one person on a street corner that neighbors describe as a center for illegal activity.
The shooting took place at 6:50 p.m. at the intersection of 60th Street and San Pablo Avenue. One victim was hospitalized, according to press spokesman Officer Jeffrey Thomason of the Oakland Police Department. Thomason did not identify the victim, but said the person was in stable condition.
People who work near the scene said illegal activity is common in the area and that news of a shooting was no shock. “There’s a lot of activity that goes on and it doesn’t surprise me,” said Elmo Campbell, a longtime employee at AJ’s Auto Body Clinic, a shop located on the northwest corner of the intersection.
One of the most frequent activities at the location is loitering, said Campbell, who described crowds of young men who lurk on the streets and sidewalks outside his workplace and Gateway Liquor, a store across the street. At times, Campbell said, the presence of the groups is intimidating to workers and customers. “We have a lot of customers and we have to be concerned,” Campbell said.
Shootings are also a familiar topic of conversation among workers at a nearby commercial building, which houses a bicycle manufacturing business and ThinkSolar, a wholesale solar device distributor. A worker at ThinkSolar, who did not wish to be identified, said he found bullet holes in his car after a drive-by shooting four months ago.
“It’s definitely a little sketchy around here,” the worker said.
No suspects in the shooting were in custody as of Thursday morning, according to Thomason.
Campbell said a stronger police presence in the area is needed. “Police presence and vigilance means a lot,” he said.
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