Oakland Juneteenth event struck by violence

The event was marred by violence just a few years after a similar incident at the same location.

Several people were shot during a Juneteenth celebration in Oakland on Wednesday. 

The celebration turned violent during a sideshow involving motorbikes and vehicles on the north side of Lake Merritt, Oakland police said. 

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The big picture: The shooting occurred around 8:45 p.m. after a fight broke out down the street, resulting in multiple shots being fired.

  • While it is unclear how many people were injured, several individuals were struck by gunfire and taken to the hospital. No deaths were reported.
  • As officers attempted to ensure the safety of the crowd, some people assaulted OPD officers. At least one person was taken into custody for assaulting an officer.
  • Police responded with around two dozen vehicles and multiple ambulances. 

Flashback: This incident follows a shooting at a Juneteenth celebration at Lake Merritt in 2021, which resulted in several injuries and one fatality.

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