Local media is reporting that a man was shot and killed earlier Thursday evening near the Occupy Oakland camp. According to one reporter, 6-8 shots were fired at the intersection of Broadway and 14th Street.
One protester spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle, “This was not an internal incident. What happened was the result of neighborhood violence. Don’t forget, we’re in downtown Oakland.” One report states that the shooting occurred over a marijuana dispute.
After the shooting, protesters immediately cordoned off the victim by linking arms, shielding him from being photographed and filmed, shouting “no pictures.” After being rushed to a nearby hospital, the man was pronounced dead.
Here is the video of the aftermath:
As of now, this appears to be an isolated incident of violence that had nothing to do with Occupy Oakland or the protesters in Frank Ogawa Plaza. The Protesters witnessed several unknown men flee the scene and do not know the victim. Violence is not uncommon in downtown Oakland. The protesters in Oakland have been nothing but peaceful since they set up camp a month ago. In the face of police brutality, protesters have refrained from fighting back. It is tragic that a person was killed this evening, and the protesters should be commended for rushing to the victim’s aid and for shielding the injured man from cameramen and photographers looking to exploit the violence.