Bullets Fly, Woman Killed At Oakland Vigil

By Christie Smith
|  Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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Bullets Fly, Woman Killed At Oakland Vigil

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Oakland is facing a $31 million budget deficit and city leaders are looking at cutting dozens of officers in response.

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A young woman is dead and five other people are injured after someone opened fire at a streetside vigil overnight in West Oakland.

At least two shooters opened fire at an apartment complex parking lot on 8th Street near Adeline where the group had gathered.  Oakland police are looking into the possibility this could be gang-related. It's believed the group was gathering to remember another young man who was shot earlier this week across town.

Wednesday's shooting happened at nearly the exact same spot where yet another homicide victim's family gathered on Monday with the police union president and clergy to express concern over possible cuts to the Oakland police force. The city is facing a $31 million budget deficit and is looking at cutting dozens of officers in response.

The president of the police union has said cutting those officers would send the wrong message. The family was concerned that more criminals would feel free to walk the streets.

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