Oakland Juneteenth Celebration Erupted in Gun Violence, Leaving Multiple Injured

Juneteenth Celebration ends in gun violence
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A shoot¬≠ing marred Oak¬≠land‚Äôs June¬≠teenth fes¬≠tiv¬≠i¬≠ties on June 19th, 2024, at Lake Mer¬≠ritt. Reports indi¬≠cate at least four indi¬≠vid¬≠u¬≠als suf¬≠fered gun¬≠shot wounds and were trans¬≠port¬≠ed to hos¬≠pi¬≠tals. Police are inves¬≠ti¬≠gat¬≠ing the inci¬≠dent as a poten¬≠tial ‚Äúmass casu¬≠al¬≠ty event.‚ÄĚ

This vio­lence erupt­ed after a peace­ful June­teenth cel­e­bra­tion that drew rough­ly 5,000 atten­dees ear­li­er in the evening. Wit­ness­es described mis­tak­ing the ini­tial gun­shots for fireworks.

Juneteenth Celebration ends in gun violence

Author¬≠i¬≠ties respond¬≠ed to gun¬≠shots around 9 PM near Grand and Euclid Avenues, where a large crowd gath¬≠ered for an unau¬≠tho¬≠rized ‚Äúsideshow‚ÄĚ involv¬≠ing vehi¬≠cles and motor¬≠cy¬≠cles. A fight ensued, trag¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly esca¬≠lat¬≠ing to gunfire.

Young people running avec shootings at Juneteenth Celebration

Police pri­or­i­tized crowd safe­ty, but some indi­vid­u­als assault­ed offi­cers, result­ing in minor injuries and an arrest. The exact num­ber of vic­tims and their cur­rent con­di­tions are under investigation.

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