Man Shot To Dying On Crime-Ridden Oakland Cul-De-Sac Subsequent To Lake Merritt – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An Oakland man was shot dead in a cul-de-sac on Lakeshore Avenue on Lake Merritt on Christmas Eve, where a woman was previously fatally shot and seven other people injured, authorities said.

All of these gun violence incidents have occurred since May, East Bay Times investigators said. They did not disclose whether the shootings were related.

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Oakland’s Devani Aleman Sanchez was shot dead in a cul-de-sac around 12:50 p.m. on November 16. She was taken to a hospital where she died a few days later.

According to police, she was standing in front of a vehicle when at least one person approached her and tried to rob her at gunpoint.

In the most recent incident, officials reacted to reports of gunfire around 8:19 p.m. on Friday. When they arrived, the officers found a man in the middle of the street.

Firefighters and an ambulance tried to save the man, but he died in the hospital. His name was withheld until the next of kin were notified.

It was the 134th murder in the city – the highest number in Oakland since 148 in 2006. Last year, Oakland Police investigated 109 murders in the city.

Michael Ziolkowski lives in the facility and has heard four opposing shots. From his apartment he saw the victim lying in the middle of the street. He said it appeared the man had been shot in the back.

“Several people around him are trying to help him and whatever and tell him to lie down. He kept trying to get up, ”said Ziolkowski.

The incident kicked off a heavy Christmas weekend in Oakland. Police said there were multiple shootings, robberies and car thefts.

People who live in the Lake Merritt area said they no longer feel safe there.

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“It’s been getting more dangerous the last six months I’ve lived here,” said Maya Hendricks area residence.

Hendricks no longer feels safe at Lake Merritt. She stays at home after dark.

“It is not customary to leave [my home] after 7 or 8 pm I try to get in just before the sun goes down, ”said Hendricks, who was walking her dog.

“It’s scary. I don’t know why the increase. I think there has been a lot of activity here since the pandemic,” said Tsiolkovsky.

The 1400 block on Lakeshore Avenue is a popular spot where people just park, hang around in their cars, and admire the views of Lake Merritt. Most people just assume it’s a safe place until they find out about all of the shootings.

“It’s a little intimidating and nerve wracking. It’s a little scary, ”said Matthew Ball, who was walking his dog by the lake.

As for Hendricks, she said the beauty and vibrancy surrounding the lake is no longer worth the risk.

“I’m actually moving out. So I don’t have much to say other than that I can’t stay here much longer, ”said Hendricks. “For me personally it is getting more and more uncomfortable [to live here]. “

Anyone with information about the Friday night shooting is encouraged to contact Homicide at (510) 238-3821 or Tip Line at (510) 238-7950.

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Da Lin contributed to this report.

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