Occupy Oakland: One person fatally shot near protest site
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
A fatal shooting near the Occupy Oakland encampment did not appear to be related to campers at the protest site, police said Thursday evening.
Officers responded to reports of multiple shots fired near 14th Street and Broadway on the fringe of the encampment about 4:30 p.m. and found one person sprawled on the ground, the Oakland Police Department said.
Oakland Police Department Sgt. Christopher Bolton told The Times that the shooting was related to the Occupy encampment "by proximity" and police continue to investigate other potential connections.
News footage from a helicopter showed emergency crews working on the shooting victim as crowds of onlookers gathered in the plaza where the protest has been going on for weeks.
Barucha Peller, who is part of Occupy Oakland, said that medics from the encampment were among the first people to render aid to the mortally wounded victim, according to Bay Area media reports.
A person acting as a representative for the Occupy Oakland told KGO-TV that the victim may have been hiding out from a person or a group of people at the encampment shortly before the incident.
“If someone does something wrong in their community, they may want to come here and this is not the place for that,” Shake Anderson told KGO-TV.
The Oakland Tribune reported on its Twitter account that a news cameraman filming the chaos was beaten by people at the scene.
The area was cordoned off with crime scene tape as investigators scoured the area for evidence. People were lighting candles in a vigil around the shooting scene.
[For the record: 8:37 p.m., Nov. 11: A previous version of this post mistakenly said Bolton believed the shooting to be unrelated to the encampment.]
- -Lee Romney in Oakland and Robert J. Lopez in Los Angeles
Photo: An Oakland police officer raises his hands to his head at the scene of a fatal shooting near an Occupy Oakland encampment. Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press