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Oakland officials respond to gun violence after 5th fatal shooting this week


OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — An investigation is underway following a fatal shooting on westbound I-580 Wednesday night. A van involved was found on 51st Avenue and International Boulevard in Oakland just after 11:30 p.m.

Oakland police say they found a man inside the van, who was shot.

“At this point the belief is that the incident happened on the highway,” CHP officer Andrew Barclay said.

Officer Barclay says it’s still early in the investigation. Police are still trying to determine a motive.

“Based on information we have received, a portion of 580 near the seminary exit ramp in Oakland has been closed for a period of time to allow our detectives to conduct an investigation at that specific location,” it said. -he declares.

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This is the fifth fatal shooting in Oakland this week. Gun violence is a major talking point for candidates heading into the November election.

Oakland City Council President Pro Tempore and mayoral candidate Sheng Thao shares her analysis of what may be driving much of the violence.

“There’s a small population, a small population of people, who are committing these heinous murders. And that’s what we need to focus on,” Thao said.

She says she personally worked on new strategies with Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong.

This would include expanding the police department’s Homicide Investigation Unit, which currently faces a huge backlog. In addition, she thinks it is important to strengthen partnerships with the department and neighboring towns.

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“People come from Hayward, Concord, San Francisco to do the filming and then run away. So we want to make sure we have connectivity, that connection with the county and other cities as well,” Thao said.

Thao, along with others, says it’s time to redouble our efforts to prevent violence. She says that means improving the socio-economic conditions of many neighborhoods.

City Council member Loren Taylor, who is also a mayoral candidate, spoke about it Wednesday at an Oakland mayoral candidates forum.

“We also need to make sure that we provide the crime deterrents, enforcement actions and follow-up investigations necessary to create a comprehensive public safety system,” Loren told the crowd.

But Oaklanders like Nenna Joiner say they’ve heard the slogans before. She is now a candidate for a seat on the Oakland City Council.

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On July 13, there was a triple shooting in downtown Oakland, which left one person dead. It was just a block from downtown Joiner business.

Joiner, who has lived in the city for 27 years, said the fatal shooting outside Oakland City Hall on Tuesday is still impacting residents.

“This shooting at City Hall has caused many corporate employees to say they will not be returning to work, so there is a direct impact on everyone,” Joiner said.

In addition to hiring more police officers, it also appeals to the prevention of violence, but also to the prevention of poverty. She adds that this work cannot be left to politicians alone.

“The police, we’re talking about other departments in the city of Oakland. We also have to remember as citizens that we also have a vested interest, and make sure that we go out there in our community and the let’s make it safe for ourselves as well,” Joiner said.

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