As we mark half points of the year, Oakland has just marked its 66th homicide in 2021, with an average death every three days in the city so far since January.
The 66th murder of the year in Oakland occurred Wednesday night at 11:10 pm on block 1400 of 90th Avenue, near International Boulevard. As Provide Area News Group report, a 21-year-old man was shot dead while sitting in a car with a woman, who was also injured.
This was one of five separate shootings that took place in a span of eight hours last night in Oakland, in five different locations in East Oakland, and four others injured and hoping to survive.
Last year, Oakland counted 100 homicides, which was a 47% uptick from 2019 and a marker of a violent year in several American cities that some attributed to the pandemic. But this year, the city is on track to see a 30% jump over last year’s homicide count, which should have nearly doubled the homicide rate in just the previous two years.
Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong spoke to the media last week to condemn a city council decision to reallocate $ 18 million from her department’s budget to fund violence prevention measures and social services.
“We find ourselves in a crisis,” Armstrong said during a news conference Monday. “We see clearly that crime is out of control in the city of Oakland and our response has been for fewer police resources.”
Over the weekend, the homicide count rose to 65 with three separate homicides, and one person died from injuries he suffered in a rifle earlier in the month, as KRON4 reported.
A man from Stockton was shot and killed Saturday night on the 6200 block of Hayes Street in East Oakland. Another man was fatally shot on Bancroft Avenue on Friday night, and on Friday afternoon, a San Leandro man was fatally shot in on Chestnut Street in West Oakland.
Each killed them under investigation.
Police and Crime Stoppers in Oakland will offer up to $ 15,000 in reward money in each fatal shooting for information leading to the arrests of the suspects. Anyone with information can call police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or 510-238-3426 or 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
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