Toddler Killed in Oakland Drive-by

Child caught in Oakland crossfire dies Monday.

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011  |  Updated 5:28 PM PDT
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An Oakland mom's decision to run a simple errand ended with her toddler becoming the city's latest homicide victim.

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An Oakland mom's decision to run a simple errand ended with her toddler becoming the city's latest homicide victim.

A 3-year-old boy was killed and two men were injured in a drive-by  shooting in East Oakland Monday afternoon.

Oakland Deputy Police Chief Eric Breshears said Tuesday that he is confident  arrests will be made soon in case. "We have investigative leads and expect that we will have closure  to this," Breshears told Bay City News.

Police responded to reports of shots fired in the area of 65th  Avenue and International Boulevard at 1:12 p.m., police spokeswoman Holly Joshi said.  The chief of police declared a tactical alert following the shooting and ordered all officers to work overtime Monday night, but no suspects were located.

 The two men who were the intended targets were walking in front of a Little Ceasars pizza  restaurant at 6447 International Blvd. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The boy, who was with his family when the shooting occurred, was  taken to Children's Hospital of Oakland where he was pronounced dead.  His family said the child's mother was simply going on an errand when he was shot.

The child had no connection to the men, Joshi said.

The suspect or suspects shot the victims from a passing car, but  no vehicle description was immediately available.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan announced a vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 64th Avenue and International Boulevard to gather the community together in hopes of finding a way to stop the violence.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact police  at (510) 238-3821. A fund has been set up to help pay for the boy's funeral.

Anyone interested in contributing can wire money to Carlitos Nava Foundation, Wells Fargo, 3981855954.

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