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Six Injured in School Shooting On Oakland Campus

At least six people were injured in a shooting at a school campus in Oakland on Wednesday. The shooting occurred at Rudsdale Newcomer high school, said Darren Allison, Oakland assistant police chief. The school serves students who are at risk of not graduating and have recently immigrated to the U.S. after fleeing their home countries “because of violence and instability”, according to the school’s website. It is one of four adjacent schools that serve middle and high school students in east Oakland, the Guardian reports. “The victims were affiliated with the school and we are determining the affiliation at this time,” Allison said. He declined to say whether any students or teachers were involved.

Paramedics transported six patients to hospitals, all with gunshot wounds. Three of the wounded were admitted in critical condition at Highland Hospital. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted that all of the wounded were adults. Wednesday’s shooting comes as Oakland has been grappling with more than two years of elevated gun violence, a rise in violence that began early in the pandemic. Before the pandemic, homicides and gun violence in Oakland – along with a number of Bay Area cities – had reached historic lows. By mid-2020, gun violence was on the upswing and the usual refuges of school, community centers and violence prevention workers were largely unavailable. By the end of the 2020, 102 people were killed, 24 more than the year before. So far this year, at least 96 people have been killed, mostly with guns.


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