15-year-old girl killed in Oakland on Wednesday, marking 109th homicide of the year

There have been 109 homicides in Oakland since the start of 2021.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A 15-year-old girl was killed in a shooting late Wednesday night in East Oakland, a tragedy in a city that has seen a surge in gun violence since the onset of the pandemic.

The shooting occurred just before 11:30 p.m. on the 5000 block of Bancroft Avenue, police said. There’s a fire station in this block within Oakland’s Bancroft-Fairfax district.

The victim was riding in a vehicle when someone opened fire at the vehicle, the Oakland Police Officers’ Association said in a news release.

Officers responded to the scene and found evidence of the shooting, police said. Police learned later that the victim was taken to a hospital. She was from Oakland, police said.

The victim’s name is being withheld until family are notified.  

Oakland, like many U.S. cities, has seen a recent surge in gun violence since the start of the pandemic. The homicide Wednesday night marked the 109th of the year, which equals last year’s total. The Oakland Police Department said there were 77 in 2019.

September marked what Oakland police Chief LeRonne L. Armstrong called the city’s “most violent month” to date this year with 17 homicides recorded. 

The Oakland City Council voted recently in favor of conducting additional police academies in hopes of getting more police in Oakland. Oakland police have been losing about 10 police officers a month recently, the police department said.

“The tragedy of a 15-year-old’s life being extinguished on an Oakland street, epitomizes the violence our city’s residents and police officers are seeing daily,” Oakland Police Officers’ Association President Barry Donelan said. “Oakland’s hardworking but dwindling ranks of police officers are striving to bring justice to the families of those impacted by homicide, have responded to over 575 shootings so far this year, and recovered almost 1,000 firearms.”

Bay City News contributed to this story.

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