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‘He’s a hero’: Parent describes security guard among 6 shot dead at East Oakland’s King Estates campus


OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — We learn more about the times when six people were shot on the campus of an East Oakland school.

On Wednesday evening, letters could be seen marking bullet holes left inside a school building after gunfire broke out at the King Estates complex in East Oakland.

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Parents tell us these bullet holes are located in an area where students enter campus, a left littered with yellow evidence markers, tagging points where shell casings were found.

One of the victims is Jason Arbuckle, a carpenter with the Oakland Unified School District. He tells us that a bullet grazed his head and left fragments. He and others were hanging a display case of trophies when the shooting broke out.

The parents described what the people inside told them.

“This student said he was going to die and he told him he wasn’t going to die!

Mario Juarez, whose son attends BayTech, which is an on-campus charter school, describes what a security guard told him before he went to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

“Not only after being shot did he not hide, but he went to help a student who had four bullet wounds in the back. Although unarmed, still brave, he had the courage to protect children today and help another who was shot and laid,” Juarez said.

This security guard will be fine, according to school officials.

The King Estates complex is made up of four schools. Authorities have not said where all the shots were fired or what happened. Saying only that the shooting happened near Rudsdale Continuation High School, an area marked off with yellow crime scene tape on Wednesday night.

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“We know we’ve encountered victims inside the school,” said Darren Allison, Oakland’s deputy police chief.

A total of six people aged 18 or over were shot dead. Juarez says at least two are college students, but police have yet to confirm that.

Parents we spoke to, distraught over the violence and hoping for an arrest.

“It saddens me what he said to me, he said ‘Dad, I thought they were firecrackers’! It shouldn’t be bullets coming through the halls of a school and hitting people “, Juarez said.

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