3 in critical condition after shooting injures 6 at East Oakland school, authorities say

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Thursday, September 29, 2022
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At least 6 people were injured after a shooting at Sojourner Truth Independent Study in Oakland, according to authorities.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- At least six people were injured after a shooting at a school in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, according to an Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

The shooting occurred at a building on Fontaine Street that houses multiple schools including, Bay Area Technology School, Rudsdale Newcomer High School and Sojourner Truth Independent Study.

Lt. Ray Kelly said two victims were taken to Highland Hospital and the situation is "no longer active."

Hospital officials later confirmed they received a third victim from this shooting.

Two of the victims are said to be in critical condition, but stable. The third is said to be in stable condition.

Three other victims were sent to Eden Medical Hospital. One of the victims was released later in the afternoon. The others are still being treated and are said to be in stable condition.

Oakland City Council Member Treva Reid said that most of the shooting victims are students and that they are adults. The schools on campus go through the 12th grade.

"Today's shooting at an Oakland school was a horrifying act of violence that has grown too familiar," said California Governor Gavin Newsom in a tweet. "Yet again, our kids were in the crossfire. This cannot continue - gun violence has taken too much from our communities."

At this time, law enforcement has not released any information about the possible shooter or shooters other than they have "fled" the scene.

Authorities said they are currently still looking for one shooter, though multiple may be involved.

They said they are looking into the circumstances of where the shooting occurred, saying the shooting was within the "proximity" and "threshold" of campus, suggesting the shooting may have started outside and moved indoors.

"Today's gun violence at Sojourner Truth school shocks the soul -- our schools are sanctuaries for our children," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a tweet. "Our investigators report all six victims are adults + being treated for injuries at hospitals now. The school is now clear + all children being reunited w/ families."

"The unbridled access to firearms in our country is inexcusable," Schaaf said.

Bay Area Technology School is asking parents to pick up their children at the bottom of Fontaine Street at the Higher Ground Church.

According to Oakland Unified's website, Sojourner Truth Independent Study is an alternative school with 147 students in grades K-12.

On Tuesday, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong announced a plan to address gun violence in the city which included adding eight officers to the criminal investigation unit.

Other senior officers will be added to the unit in the coming months as new recruits join Oakland's rank and file.

This comes after the city saw nine people shot and killed in nine days.

Stay with us for the latest details on this developing story.