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7 Shot in Oakland During Birthday Party on Street; One Critical

By David Ogul   |   Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 02:30 PM

Seven people were shot and wounded in Oakland during a barrage of gunfire Monday night while at a birthday party barbecue, authorities said. At least one victim was listed in critical condition.

The Oakland Tribune said at least a dozen people were at a barbecue on the street a little after 6 p.m. when at least two people opened fire. Police said the shooting happened on 96th Avenue near Olive Street near Verdese Carter Park. All seven men are expected to recover from their injuries.

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No one has been arrested and police have not established a motive.

“This is really kind of outrageous,” said Oakland police Chief Sean Whent, according to The Associated Press. “Six o’clock at night isn’t that late at night. So, really pretty brazen stuff on the street corner at that time of day.”

Authorities are offering up to $35,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Police can be called at an anonymous tip line at 510-773-2508.

Oakland has a reputation as a high-crime area and is safer than only 3 percent of American cities, according to government statistics. Its rate of nearly 17 violent crimes per 1,000 residents is more than four times the violent crime rate in California. Its rate of 54 property crimes per 1,000 residents is more than double the state average.

The Los Angeles Times says that police reported more than 3,000 gun crimes this year as of September. Oakland has population of almost 400,000.

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