OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Oakland police are offering a $15,000 reward to anyone with information about who was responsible for shooting and injuring three people, including a six-year-old girl, at a peewee football game.
“It’s not a Dynamite problem, it’s an Oakland problem. Our city is dominated by gun violence,” said Walte Orr, president of the Oakland Dynamites.
Orr, known as “Coach Chewy,” said he was there at Oakland Technical High School on Sunday when he heard gunshots ring out.
“It’s heartbreaking. I’m trying to keep these kids, including my daughter, away from this stuff. Now I just have to think about the next set of actions. I can’t really dwell on this. happened,” he said.
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He said it was “street beef” that spilled onto the pitch on Sunday.
However, this was not the first time this had happened.
Oakland police say a man was killed in front of children during an Oakland Dynamites practice last February.
‘A father watches his sons participate in pee-wee football practice and an assailant entered the practice area and fired bullets, fatally wounding the father,’ Chief LeRonne Armstrong of the Ottawa Police Department said. Oakland in a February 2021 interview with ABC7.
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After this incident, Oakland Police provided game security for the remainder of the year.
But Orr says the security ended after last year’s season.
“These young people have no reason to witness this level of violence for consecutive years by adults, by adults who came to that football field armed with guns,” Armstrong said. “It makes no sense for children to play football here and family and friends to watch these games, and people will come armed with guns.”
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Going forward, Orr says Oakland police have agreed to have their officers there starting next week.
“No one is safe until we figure out who is responsible for this,” Armstrong said. “Yes, we believe the retaliation is high. Yes, we believe the individuals involved in this matter know each other. And yes, it is important that they be brought to justice.”
All three victims are still in hospital and are recovering in stable condition.
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