OAKLAND -- An earlier dispute between two groups of people apparently sparked a Tuesday night shooting in East Oakland that left four people wounded, including a man hit by a stray bullet two blocks away as he walked to a store, police said Wednesday.
All of the victims are expected to recover.
The shooting happened about 10:20 p.m. in the 600 block of East 18th Street, not far from Lake Merritt.
Officer Phong Tran said two groups of several people had been involved in some kind of dispute at the site earlier in the evening. Police were still trying to confirm what the dispute was about.
One of the groups left but as many as three of them returned and began shooting at the people still there from about a block away, police said. The suspects fled before police arrived.
A 22-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman in the group being attacked were wounded in different parts of their bodies. The two men are from East Oakland and frequented the area. The woman lives in the area.
A 60-year-old Oakland man, not connected to the others, was hit in the side as he was walking to a store two blocks away, police said.
Some vehicles and residences were hit by gunfire but no one else was injured, police said.
All of the victims went to a hospital and were in stable condition Wednesday.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $20,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the gunmen. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or a tip line at 510-773-2805 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572. Tips can also be sent anonymously via text message. Text to 888-777 and include the words TipOaklandPD.
In an unrelated shooting, a man was wounded about 11:20 p.m. in the 3000 block of Foothill Boulevard in the Fruitvale district. He was able to get to a hospital on his own and was in stable condition. No motive was known and no arrests were made.