Oakland Tech shootout: Oakland Dynamites pop warner youth soccer team says ‘street beef’ prompted shooting that left 3 injured
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — An Oakland youth soccer team is responding to a shooting Sunday that injured three people and sent players and fans scrambling.
Oakland Dynamites team management released a statement saying: “Unfortunately, it was street beef that spilled onto the football field. Although this is not our first incident involving a gun, it’s not a Dynamite problem…it’s an Oakland problem!”
Children and families took cover when the shots were fired just after 1 p.m. during the game between the Dynamites and a Fresno team at Oakland Technical High School.
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The coaches tried to get their players off the pitch as quickly as possible.
“My first instinct was to run the boys who were right next to me off the field. Once I heard the shooting stop, I looked up and six more shots rang out,” said coach Francine Loya.
Coach Loya thinks there was a fight behind the stands, people went to see what was going on and a minute later shots rang out.
Witnesses say a 5-year-old girl was shot, and police say a man in his 30s and a woman in her 50s were also shot. They are currently in stable condition, according to the OPD Police Chief.
“I heard it was between two parents. I really don’t know if they were both shooting each other. Kids don’t deserve to see and witness things like this,” Quintrell said Dotson.
Police have not said what led to the shooting. Chief LeRonne Armstrong held a news conference Monday to ask if anyone had any information on the suspects in the case. “These children’s lives were put in danger yesterday and someone must be held accountable.”
No arrests have been made and no information on the suspects has been released. A reward of up to $15,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest.
OPD says it will provide security during practices and matches. “I hope our community understands that this is not normal and shouldn’t happen.”
This is the second incident involving gun violence and Dynamites.
In February last year, a parent and former coach was killed while picking up his children from practice at Concordia Park on 64th Street.
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