Six people were injured in a shooting at a school in Oakland’s Eastmont Hills on Wednesday, police said.
Oakland police said the shooting happened on the King Estate campus on Fontaine Street, which is home to multiple schools. The officers are looking for at least one shooter, but other suspects may also be involved.
“Today’s gun violence at Sojourner Truth school is soul-shattering,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a tweet. “Our schools are sanctuaries for our children.”
The school has since been evacuated by the police.
Highland Hospital in Oakland confirms it is treating three of the victims, all of whom are in critical condition with gunshot wounds. The other three victims were transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, according to the hospital.
Police said in a late afternoon briefing that all the victims are adults affiliated with the school and have provided the following updates on their circumstances:
- two suffer life-threatening injuries
- one victim has been discharged from hospital
- two victims await release from hospital
- one victim has injuries that are not life-threatening
Aerial photos from NBC Bay Area’s SkyRanger showed students being evacuated from the campus and a heavy police presence, with several officers searching the complex.
“I just heard the shooting and I saw this lady get out of the car and she ran into the school and I thought the worst,” witness Alejandra said in an interview with NBC Bay Area.
Six people were injured in a shooting at an Oakland school on Wednesday, police said.
The Oakland Unified School District issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“There was an incident today at the King Estate campus on Fontaine Street, which is home to Rudsdale Continuation and Newcomer High Schools, BayTech Charter School, and the Sojourner Truth Independent Study headquarters, where there are no students. The campus is near Oakland Academy of Knowledge (OAK), but it is important to note that the incident was NOT at OAK nor had anything to do with that elementary school. We currently have no information beyond what the Oakland Police Department is reporting.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom called the shooting “a heinous act of violence that has become too well known”. The governor added in a tweet: “This cannot continue – gun violence has taken too much of our communities.”
Parents were asked to meet their children at the church at Mountain and Fontaine for reunion.
The California Highway Patrol also closed off both the eastbound and westbound exits of Keller Avenue in Oakland while police arrived on the scene.
NBC Bay Area’s Pete Suratos has the latest news on the Oakland school shooting investigation, including what a 10-year-old student from a nearby elementary school went through.
Velena Jones of NBC Bay Area speaks with Oakland councilor Treva Reid, who provides an update on the shooting that took place at a multi-school complex.
Elizabeth Campos, Brendan Weber, Cheryl Hurd, Christie Smith, Pete Suratos, Diana San Juan and Stephanie Guzman of NBC Bay Area contributed to this report.