Three people were shot last weekend in Oakland, capping a violent week and bringing the city’s homicide count to 43 for 2011.
Last Wednesday, Oakland Police killed 30-year-old Fletcher Jackson and 23-year-old John Sloan on Curran Avenue in a joint operation with federal law enforcement. Michael Huerta, a 25-year-old Fremont resident arrested in a weapons sting Thursday five blocks away from the site of Wednesday’s police shooting, died in North County Jail in Oakland. The cause of his death has yet to be determined.
The same area of the Fruitvale neighborhood was the site of the weekend’s first killing. Around 1 PM on Friday afternoon, a group of four men shot 42-year-old Antonio Torres on 34th Avenue in an attempted robbery. OPD officers found the man unresponsive on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly thereafter. Investigators are trying to determine whether any other robberies in the area have involved a similar group of suspects.
Later on Friday evening, 24-year-old Timothy Barnes was shot to death around 11 PM in the 2400 block of 90th Avenue. Residents flagged down OPD officers, who found Barnes lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. A group of three or four men were seen running from the scene, and are considered suspects in Barnes’ murder. Police have not issued a description of the group.
At 4:35 PM on Saturday afternoon, OPD received reports of shots fired on the 2100 block of High Street. Residents told responding officers that a shooting had just taken place and the victim had been taken to Highland Hospital. The victim was 22-year-old Bianca August, who died of multiple gunshot wounds at the hospital. Investigators learned she had been fired on by unknown gunmen while sitting in a parked car. Police
Two non-fatal shootings took place on Friday evening: a man brought himself to an Oakland hospital with gunshot wounds he received around 83rd Avenue and D Street. Shots were also reported in the 4400 block of Market Street, but no one was injured.
Anyone with information on any of the weekend’s murders can contact OPD’s Homicide unit at 510-238-3821.