Three shots at Oakland Tech in a youth football game


Three people were shot and injured Sunday afternoon during a youth football game at Oakland Technical High School, a city council member said, and Oakland police confirmed that “several” victims were slaughtered, including a minor.

An Oakland police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to release information about it, said a man in his 30s, a 5-year-old girl and a woman in in their fifties had been shot.

“Today, once again, we see the result of having too many guns and too little gun reform. At Oakland Tech, during a pee wee football game, a gunman opened fire injuring at least 3 people,” Council member Sheng Thao wrote on Facebook. “These cowardly acts of violence are not tolerable and must not be tolerated!”

A statement from the Oakland Police Department said the victims “were transported to area hospitals for medical attention” and all were in stable condition. The statement did not confirm the number of victims or their ages. The statement said the shooting occurred “in the Oakland Technical High School Football Stadium during a youth football game.”

Police responded shortly before 1:20 p.m. to a field near the school campus where around 500 people were attending a youth football match, according to the police source.

Sunday’s game at Oakland Tech was between the Oakland Dynamite and the Valley Boyz, a traveling youth soccer team from Fresno, according to schedules posted on both teams’ websites and social media. Different age groups were scheduled to play from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the pitch. The police source said the shooting was unrelated to the football game.

Sunday marked the second gunshot tragedy to strike the Oakland Dynamite community. A father and former Dynamite coach was killed in February 2021 during football practice at an Oakland park. Reuben Lewis was collecting his children from training when he was shot and killed at the rally where 60 children, aged 5 to 14, were finishing their exercises.

Oakland police investigators have asked anyone with information about Sunday’s shooting to contact the police felony assault unit at 510-238-3426.

Emma Talley is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @EmmaT332


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