An Oakland California school campus was the scene of a shooting that injured six people.
According to Oakland police, the shooting took place on the King Estate campus, which is home to Rudsdale Continuation School, Newcomer high schools, BayTech Charter School, and Sojourner Truth Independent Study.
Rudsdale Continuation School was where two of the victims were found.
Three of the shooting victims were transported to Highland Hospital’s trauma center. Three other victims were taken to other hospitals in the area.
The injuries sustained by two of the victims were life-threatening, while the injuries sustained by a third victim were not life-threatening. Of the other three, currently, one victim has been released from the hospital, and two others are awaiting release.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted that all six victims were adults. According to police, all six victims have some affiliation with the campus where the shooting occurred, but it is unclear in what capacity.
The police responded at 12:45 p.m. to a shooting call on Wednesday. Oakland police said they were investigating a shooting near Fontaine Street in East Oakland. More than one shooter may have been involved, police said.
KTVU reported that a parent saw five potential shooters.
A parent said he was on FaceTime with his 13-year-old daughter when he heard gunshots in the background. When she called her dad, she was huddling under a desk.
He said, “I didn’t have a lot of information, but I rushed over.”. “I was about to rush the police. I was the first in line, and they wouldn’t let me through. I asked, ‘What if it was your daughter?'”
According to Schaaf, the campus was declared safe after 3 p.m.
All students at the affected campuses have been reunited with their parents or guardians, according to authorities. Children were picked up at a reunification center on Mountain Boulevard and Fontaine Street by parents.
Parents were seen hugging their children and feeling relieved at the scene. After receiving robocalls from the school district about the incident and instructions to check on their child off campus, parents expressed a sense of panic.
One parent said she was concerned for her child’s safety and considered taking her out of school. Her fear for her daughter’s safety has led her to consider homeschooling her. “It’s sad,” she said exasperatedly. ‘This is sad and something needs to be done about it. People need to be held accountable. It’s not OK. These are children.’ She added that more security at the schools would be helpful.
Students and staff who require counseling are already able to access them, school officials said.
Keith Brown, president of the Oakland Education Association, issued a statement. He acknowledged how a 12-year-old shot a 13-year-old classmate in Oakland in August. In response to that shooting, parents criticized the school district for failing to notify them promptly.
“We’ve been through this just a few weeks ago, and we can’t wait any longer to come together to invest in real solutions. Educators are committed to doing whatever it takes to keep our schools safe. We have major concerns over the resources that are readily available to support the needs of our students. Our schools should be safe havens for students, free from the fear of gun violence,” Brown wrote.
On Wednesday, OUSD announced there will be no school on King Estate Campus on Thursday, Sept. 29. “We will release more information as soon as it is available,” school officials said.
According to California Governor Gavin Newsom, the shooting was a horrifying act of violence.
“Today’s shooting at an Oakland school was a horrifying act of violence that has grown too familiar,” said Newsom. “Yet again, our kids were in the crossfire. This cannot continue — gun violence has taken too much from our communities.”
In an afternoon news conference at Highland Hospital, James Jackson, CEO of Alameda Health System, expressed frustration with the situation.
“We’ve seen almost a doubling of the violent crimes victims that we’re seeing here at our facility. So something has changed. I’m a son of Oakland. I grew up in Oakland. This is not the Oakland that I grew up in,” Jackson said. “I’m calling on community leaders…and I’m prepared to lean in myself…we’ve got to do differently. We’ve got to do something better.”
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Shooting at California school campus leaves at least six people injured The Guardian US
- 6 Injured in Oakland School Shooting, Police Say The New York Times
- Oakland school shooting injures 6 KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco
- 6 adults hurt after shooting at East Oakland campus that houses multiple schools, authorities say — WATCH LIVE KGO-TV
- 6 injured in shooting near complex of Oakland schools SFGATE