OAKLAND -- An 8-year-old girl was shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting in East Oakland on Monday afternoon, another innocent victim in spate of gun violence this month that also targeted two police officers, police said.
"We are completely out of control," said Councilman Noel Gallo, who visited the 65th Avenue neighborhood where the girl was shot shortly after the 2:25 p.m. incident. "I have asked our city attorney what it will take to declare a state of emergency."
"We just need to take some serious action," he added.
The girl was standing with some other people in front of a relative's home in the 2200 block of 65th Avenue near Avenal Avenue when a car drove by and at least two occupants opened fire, police said.
No one on the street returned fire, police said.
Police did not release the girl's name. Several people outside the house, which was hit by at least three bullets, declined to comment. The girl was taken to a hospital and is expected to fully recover, said Lt. Michael Poirier. No one else was injured, he said.
The shooting was likely gang-related, police said.
The girl's shooting comes after two police officers were shot in separate incidents last week while investigating crimes, and a spate of shootings over the weekend that wounded four people -- including a man who unknowingly drove into a gunbattle at about 1:55 p.m. on the 9800 block of International Boulevard.
Gallo said he sent an email to the city attorney's office Monday afternoon to request that a state of emergency be called in the city, and he is waiting to hear back. City leaders earlier this month denied a similar request to declare a state of emergency, saying the city was already getting the same level of help from outside police agencies that the declaration would trigger.
The call came after a brutally violent weekend that saw 15 people shot over the course of 60 hours, four of them fatally.
Police Chief Howard Jordan, who has previously said two warring gangs are largely responsible for the surge in violence crime, is expected to discuss the officer shootings at a news conference at police headquarters Tuesday morning.
One officer was shot in the leg at about 5:45 p.m. Friday while chasing a man with a gun at East 12 Street and 47th Avenue. Police arrested Nathan Cook, 30, of Oakland, on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer. He remains jailed.
Another officer was shot in the arm at about 6:20 p.m. Jan. 21 while sitting in a car in the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue. The undercover detective was in the neighborhood investigating a homicide. Police later arrested two suspected gang members on parole and detained three other people in connection with the shooting. Their names have not been released. Both officers are expected to fully recover.
Several other people were wounded in separate shootings Saturday, including the man who drove into the gunbattle.
Three other people were shot in the 9600 block of Birch Street. No arrests were made.
All the victims are expected to live.
"Everybody is retaliating against everybody else," Gallo said, "and (we) are just in the middle of it."