OAKLAND -- A man who had just shot a woman in the finger Wednesday night outside a child's birthday party wounded himself in the leg when he was putting the gun back in his waistband, police said Thursday.

The 43-year-old Oakland man was arrested for assault with a firearm when he showed up later at a hospital.

The shooting happened about 5:41 p.m. Wednesday outside a home in the 10700 block of Pearmain Street in East Oakland.

Officer Eric Milina said a 30-year-old Oakland woman had driven another woman to the home so the other woman could pick up her child, who was attending a birthday party there.

Milina said while the woman waited in her car for her friend, the girlfriend of the suspected gunman suddenly confronted her and began fighting with her. It was not known what the dispute was over.

It was during that confrontation that the man fired a shot, hitting the 30-year-old woman in the finger, police said.

Milina said that when the man was putting the gun back into his waistband, it went off, striking him in the inner left thigh.

The man was arrested after he showed up at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley. He was still hospitalized Thursday.

It was not immediately known if the woman shot was still hospitalized.

Police said no one else was injured and that none of the children at the party witnessed the shooting.

Police are still seeking the gunman's girlfriend. They searched her house in another part of East Oakland but didn't find her. .



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