Oakland police shut down a East Oakland neighborhood for hours Monday afternoon as they searched for a carjacking suspect.
Police said the carjacking happened before noon in West Oakland. The Oakland Tribune reported a man driving a Jaguar said someone approached him and pointed a gun to his head. A short time later an officer found what he suspected to be the vehicle involved in that crime in East Oakland and initiated a pursuit.
The driver of the suspect vehicle and three others then dumped the car and ran away near 86th and Bancroft Avenues, according to police.
Oakland police said an officer fired a shot at one of the suspects, but said no one was reported to be injured. Police Sgt. Chris Bolton told Bay City News at least one suspect brandished a gun and may have fired at officers ahead of that.
Our helicopter flew over the scene and showed two men walking out of a home apparently surrendering to police. One of the men had a young child in his arms.
Police said Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. they were searching the neighborhood for additional suspects. Police set up a perimeter in the area between 84th and 88th Avenues and Bancroft and Olive. They did not reopen that perimeter until around 7 p.m. and said they did not find who they were looking for.
The search also forced the lock down of two nearby schools. Castlemont High School and East Oakland Pride Elementary School were both placed on lockdown during the search, but students were released at 3:30 p.m. This was the first day of school in Oakland.
Bolton said police were advising people to avoid the area and asked residents in that neighborhood to report any suspicious activity.