A notorious "sideshow" -- the impromptu and illegal exhibitions of car tricks familiar to urban dwellers -- ended in a shootout Sunday night near 88th Avenue in East Oakland, leaving a mother and one other person dead.
The mother, LaToya Kenny of Union City, was 28. Eric Bush, 29, of San Leandro, was also killed. Police said the two did not know each other, according to a report in Bay Area News Group. Another woman, unidentified by police, was seriously injured. She is in an area hospital in critical condition but is expected to live, according to authorities.
The victims were part of a large group of people who congregated near 88th Avenue and International Boulevard on Sunday night. "Several hundred" people were there at around 9:20 p.m., when "shots rang out" following a sideshow of cars driving fast and doing doughnuts in the intersection, the newspaper reported.
Kenny was "going around and taking pictures" when she was hit by gunfire. She leaves two daughters, ages 10 and 5, the newspaper reported.
Sideshows are well-known for reckless driving, speeding, fatal wrecks and acts of violence. But there have been very few sideshows in the past year, according to the newspaper -- but plenty of homicides. The two fatalities Sunday push Oakland's tally for the year to 47.