Oakland police are still working to identify two people who were shot on a school campus Wednesday in what police described as a “targeted” shooting stemming from gang violence.
Six people were injured in a shooting at the King Estate campus in East Oakland that police say was fueled by “gang and gang violence” and is linked to ongoing violence in the city.
Investigators have seen at least two shooters in videos of the incident. More than 30 rounds were fired from handguns during the shooting, according to investigators.
“I am saddened once again that our community is a victim of gun violence,” Oakland Police Chief LaRonne Armstrong said in a news release. “The most vulnerable people in our community are our children. School is a place where our children don’t have to worry about being a victim of gun violence.”
No arrests have been made and investigators are still trying to determine the connection between the shooters and the school.
“They intended to commit violent acts against someone, but we don’t know what led to the initial shooting,” Armstrong said.
The six people shot in the incident included two students, a counselor, a campus security guard and two others who work at the school, according to Armstrong.
Two of the victims are in serious but stable condition, one is in stable condition and the other three have been released from hospital. Armstrong declined to share whether those still hospitalized are students, citing an effort to protect their safety.
While explaining the police response at the school, Armstrong said keys were needed to enter locked classrooms. Officers “didn’t wait for keys, but used breaching tools to get into every classroom to make sure no one was barricaded,” he said.
The shooters did not go deep into the school, but breached the front of the school and immediately began shooting, Armstrong said, adding that it did not appear the gunmen used any tools to breach the entrance.
The Oakland Unified School District said schools at the King Estate campus were closed Thursday and will remain closed while the damage is repaired, according to district spokesman John Sasaki. There are four middle to high schools on campus.
“What happened yesterday was a devastating event in our schools, it was a devastating event in our city and, frankly, it was a devastating event in our country. This should not happen in 2022,” Sasaki said.
Oakland Mayor Libby Shaaf called on members of Congress to take action against “the disproportionate psychosis of violence in our country.”
“All the big city mayors are tired of having press conferences like we’re having right now,” he said. “We are tired of recognizing that, despite heroic efforts at the local level, we cannot solve this gun violence epidemic without federal action.”