Man shot to death near Occupy Oakland tent city
Man was fatally shot in the head just outside BART station; Oakland mayor says risks at encampment have become too great.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 11, 2011 09:25
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police in Oakland.
(photo credit: Reuters)
young man was shot to death just outside the Occupy Oakland encampment
at City Hall Thursday evening, the San Francisco Chronicle reported,
just as activists were planning to celebrate the tent city's one-month
The man was fatally shot in the head at around 5 p.m.
local time outside a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station near the
Occupy camp, and was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the Highland
Hospital in Oakland, according to the report.
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at Occupy Oakland said they did not recognize the man, but many were
wondering whether or not the killing may have been related to the
gathering in downtown Oakland.
According to Reuters, the
shooting occurred after a fight broke out near the BART station, but no
arrests have been made yet. Police have not revealed the man's identity.
One witness, 29 of Oakland, told the Chronicle he
saw several young men surrounding the victim, who was lying on the
ground, beating him as he tried to block his face. He said that
activists at the camp had tried to break up the fight before the "gun
was pulled," according to the report.
According to the Oakland Local, Occupiers rushed the site of the shooting after three shots were fired, attempting to clear the area amidst the ensuing chaos.
One woman, a nurse practitioner who declined to give her name for fear of retaliation, told the Local that she witnessed the incident. She said that she believed the people involved had "gang affiliation" and were not related to the Occupy camp.
Members of the Occupy Oakland tent city organized a candlelit vigil for the shooting victim, a somber ceremony on a day that was supposed to be a celebration for the camp's one-month anniversary.
And while activists have largely taken their own security into their own hands, daily fending off robberies and fights, Oakland
Mayor Jean Quan said in a news conference on Thursday said the city was, once again,
planning to tear down the encampment.
Quan cited risks that are "too great for having an encampment out there," the Chronicle
He said earlier on Thursday that already half of those in the tent city,
which has approached 200 tents, are homeless. A survey revealed that 37
percent of respondents were less willing to visit the downtown area due
to the protest. Many business complain that the presence of the camp is
driving away customers.