OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seven men were wounded, one critically, when gunfire erupted on an Oakland street and continued for several blocks, police said.
Officers received reports of a shooting about a block away from a park in East Oakland shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. Police learned about a second shooting scene nearby when they arrived.
Watson said Tuesday that initial reports suggest that two armed suspects approached a group of men who were celebrating a birthday and began shooting at them.
One of the victims is in critical condition, down from an initial police report of two, while the other six suffered non-life threatening injuries, Watson said. The wounded are between the ages of 23 and 31.
Police do not have a motive for the shooting and were still trying to determine whether the assailants were on foot or in a vehicle.
Chief Sean Whent said it was possible several of the victims were not targeted.
“This is really kind of outrageous,” Whent said after arriving at the scene. “Six o’clock at night isn’t that late at night.”