Vice Mayor Says Oakland in State of Emergency

Reacting to the violence on Saturday, Reid told the Mercury News, "We've lost control. It's time for us to declare a state of emergency."

By Breena Kerr
|  Monday, Jan 14, 2013  |  Updated 6:51 AM PDT
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After four people were killed in a mere six hours Friday, Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid urged city leaders to join him in declaring a state of emergency.

After four people were killed in a mere six hours Friday, Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid urged city leaders to join him in declaring a state of emergency.

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Vice Mayor Larry Reid said this weekend that Oakland should declare a state of emergency following a string of murders Friday that Oakland police linked to several rival gangs.

Reacting to the violence on Saturday, Reid told Bay Area News Group, "We've lost control. It's time for us to declare a state of emergency."

There were 131 homicides in Oakland in 2012, the most since 2006, when there were 148. So far this year Oakland has had 6 homicides-- 4 of which happened on Friday.

According to police, a 22-year-old Oakland man shot and killed around 2:30 p.m. Friday in the 2300 block of East 17th Street in the Fruitvale District. His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.


Around 3 p.m., another man was shot and killed on Canon Avenue near Wellington Street, next to Dimond Park. He was identified as 30-year-old former Oakland resident Larry Lovette of Stockton.

At 4:15 p.m., 21-year-old Oakland man Eddiebo Rodriguez was fatally shot in the 3400 block of West Street in West Oakland. He later died at the hospital.

In East Oakland, a 17-year-old boy identified as Ken Harbin of Oakland was also fatally shot in the 9400 block of Hillside Street.
 

Police say they are now investigating a shooting in East Oakland that sent one person to the hospital on Saturday night as well as a shooting that injured three people earlier in the day in the 5800 block of Harmon Avenue.

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