6 injured in shooting at Oakland high school

Six adults were injured in a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon on a campus housing four Oakland schools in the Eastmont Hills neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The Oakland Police Department said no suspects are in custody, and it is looking for at least one shooter though other individuals may be involved.

The victims are all 18 and over and are affiliated with the schools, Darren Allison, assistant chief of the Oakland Police Department said at a press conference on Wednesday.

When officers arrived at the site in the 8200 block of Fontaine Street at 12:45 p.m., they began attending to victims, looking for suspects and escorting students and staff “out of harm’s way,” Allison said.  The six victims were transported to local hospitals. Allison said that as of 4 p.m., one victim was released from the hospital, two had life-threatening injuries and the three others non-life-threatening injuries.

Allison said the preliminary investigation suggests the incident occurred within in the threshold of the campus.

When asked at the press conference if the shooting was “targeted,” he said, “Our investigations are looking into all aspects of the responsible motivating factors for this incident.”

Rudsdale Continuation and Newcomer high schools, Bay Area Technology School and headquarters for the Sojourner Truth Independent Study, which doesn’t have students on site, are all part of Oakland Unified School District’s King Estate campus on Fontaine Street adjacent to Interstate 580.

Allison said the preliminary investigation indicates that shooting occurred in the “Rudsdale portion of the King Estate campus.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf wrote on Twitter that the schools were evacuated and the students were reunited with families.

“The unbridled access to firearms in our country is inexcusable,” Schaaf wrote.

The Oakland Police Department released the initial statement about the incident on Twitter at 1:47 p.m., stating that the department “is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 8200 block of Fontaine Street.”

“We are asking our Community Members to please avoid the area at this time,” the department said.

At 2:18 p.m., the department said“Parents are asked to meet their children at the church on Mountain and Fontaine for reunification.”

The school district said that the Oakland Academy of Knowledge is near the King Estate campus, but there was not an incident at the elementary school.

“This has to stop,” John Sasaki, a spokesperson for the school district said in a press conference. “Our city can not keep going on this way.”

This is a developing story and details will be added as they become available.

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