OAKLAND — A pair of Berkeley high students were killed and two other revelers wounded when gunfire erupted at a birthday party in Oakland on Saturday night.
The East Bay Times reported the two teenage boys — ages 15 and 17 — were shot at the party at about 9:45 p.m. in a rented home in the 900 block of Apgar Street in North Oakland.
School officials released a statement confirming the student deaths.
“We are deeply saddened to have learned that two Berkeley High School students and beloved members of the BUSD family lost their lives yesterday in a senseless act of gun violence,” wrote Superintendent Enikia Ford Morthel in an email. “Our hearts go out to their family and everyone impacted by this tragedy. Because these were two of our own, we are all feeling this pain collectively and must hold each other especially close and care for one another.”
The deaths came during another weekend of deadly shootings across the city. Two other shootings claimed a life and left another victim clinging to life.
At the Apgar Street street shooting, arriving officers found multiple victims who sustained gunshot wounds. Officers attempted life saving measures on two victims, who unfortunately succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Their names have not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
Officers also located a third victim injured in the shooting and provided medical treatment until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital for additional medical treatment.
Officers from the Emeryville Police Department were also at the scene assisting and located a fourth shooting victim who was also transported to an area hospital for additional medical treatment.
Police did not know the status of the victims who were transported to area hospitals as of Sunday morning.
Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, police responded to a second incident on the 1300 block of 85th Avenue. When officers arrived at the location, they found one adult victim who had sustained a gunshot wound. Officers provided medical attention to the victim, but they succumbed to their injuries at the scene.
Police have not provided any additional information regarding suspects or circumstances in either of the shootings. The victims have not been identified pending notification of next of kin.
Additionally, one person was injured and one suspect arrested in a Saturday morning shooting, police said.
At 9:15 a.m., police responded to reports of a shooting in the 6600 block of Bancroft Avenue. At the scene, officers provided medical treatment to an injured victim who was then taken to a local hospital.
The victim is in stable condition, said officers.
During preliminary investigations, officers received a description of a suspect and a vehicle in connection with the shooting. Officers said they shortly identified a person driving a car that matched the description.
The suspect was arrested after a short vehicle pursuit, said police.
The shootings came during a surge of deadly violence on Oakland streets. After the latest shootings, 12 victims have died over the last two weeks. The city has seen 99 homicides so far this year.
Six people were injured last weekin East Oakland.
Anyone with information about the recent shootings is asked to contact the Homicide Section with Oakland Police Department.