Three men, including a bicyclist, were killed Friday night in western Oakland in multiple shootings and an accident that authorities said were related.
The shooting happened just after 7:15 p.m. in Block 2800 of Martin Luther King Jr. way. Police officers were dispatched to the scene following a warning from ShotSpotter, which uses acoustic sensors to detect gunshots, the Oakland Police Department said in a statement.
There, officers found two men with multiple gunshot wounds and a cyclist who had been hit by a car. All three were pronounced dead at the scene, the department said.
Oakland Police Chief Leronne Armstrong, who was on the scene, told reporters Friday night that there were two shootings. After the second shooting, one of the shots tried to flee, but then his car was found to have collided with the cyclist, Armstrong said.
East Bay Times reported that the two shootings were related. When a man was shot, his friends or acquaintances started firing at the attacker, the newspaper reported.
Oakland is grappling with gun violence, with 2021 being the deadliest year for homicides in the city since 2006. Mayor Libby Schaaf recently held a series of town halls on gun violence, and the city announced a $6 million state grant earlier this month for its gun violence prevention programs.
The department said it is investigating the circumstances of the shooting and crash. The identity of the victims is being withheld as it notifies their relatives, the department said.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Homicide Division at (510) 238-3821 or the tip line at (510) 238-7950.