Shootings Soar in Oakland; Children Often the Victims

Shoshana Walter, New York Times, January 7, 2012

Five-year-old Gabriel Martinez Jr. died Dec. 30, shot as he played under a streetlight near his father’s taco truck on an East Oakland street corner. He was the third young child killed in Oakland since August, the 110th homicide of 2011, and the 199th juvenile shooting victim of more than 2,000 people who were victims of gun violence in an especially bloody year in an increasingly violent city.

His killer has not been found. There have been no arrests. In that, the shooting of the boy known in the neighborhood as Gabrielito is typical. According to preliminary data provided to The Bay Citizen by the Oakland Police Department, of the 1,500 reported incidents of gun violence in the city last year, arrests were made in just 117 of the cases—less than 8 percent. In 2010, the police made arrests in close to 13 percent of the 1,280 shootings.

There were 1,045 shootings in 2009, according to the police department.

After several years of declining rates of violent crime in the Bay Area, Oakland shooting incidents increased dramatically in 2011. On an average day, five or six people were shot or shot at. The number of shootings is up 60 percent in the past five years, according to Urban Strategies Council, a crime analysis firm previously under a city contract.

Law enforcement officials and crime experts said they did not know why Oakland experienced such a spasm of violence in 2011.

“If I could tell you what the causes were, then that would be a great story because then we could figure things out and wrap this up in no time,” said Sgt. Chris Bolton, the department’s chief of staff. “Obviously, we have in this city a problem with violence.”

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  • Anonymous

    “Law enforcement officials and crime experts said they did not know why Oakland experienced such a spasm of violence in 2011.”

    Couldn’t possible have anything to do with Hispanic moving into a historical Black city could it?

    • Anonymous

      That’s it allright. It’s called diversity.

  • Welcome to Thunderdome America!! Now is the time to face up to the real world we live in. Stock up on shotguns and deer rifles while you can. Stay sober and stay strong!! The films Red Dawn and The Road Warrior movies have finally come true. Take your vitamins, say your prayers and train everyday.

  • Anonymous

    Here in latin america the only choice the autorithies have is the extrajudicial killing because the crime rate overwhelms the system, but that only works partially, crime rate is reduced very little and only while the next generation of criminals grow up.

  • Anonymous

    Here in latin america the only choice the autorithies have is the extrajudicial killing because the crime rate overwhelms the system, but that only works partially, crime rate is reduced very little and only while the next generation of criminals grow up.

  • Anonymous

    There is a YouTube commenter named MarmiteMan4, or close to that, anyway, and he said something to the effect of “You cannot have a 1st world country when you fill it with 3rd world people”.

    I agree whole-heartedly.

    If you want America to act like people did in Pleasantville or “Leave it to Beaver” then the communities must be WHITE.  If you bring in a bunch of Mexicans and blacks to California, guess what, California is going to look like Mexico and Africa!!!

  • New York Times Headline:  “Shootings Soar in Oakland, Children Often the Victims.”

    New York Times Headline, December 20, 2012 (if the Mayans are right):  “World to End Tomorrow, Women and Children Hardest Hit.”

  • The cops are not there to investigate crime.  They are there to keep order along the periphery  as people go get their groceries etc.  Drug deal etc. is ignored.  Shootings are not.  Shootings, however, inside the enclave are usually filed and go nowhere.

    That is a profound point on two fronts:

    1.  As you state, drug usage and dealing are de facto legal within the enclaves.  Yet, these enclaves are hardly libertarian paradises.  Note to peanut gallery:  Yes, I want a new drug policy in the direction of less criminalization, to re-balance the proper relationship between citizen and state, not because the use and abuse of these substances are in any wise good or beneficial. But I am not under the delusion that that or any public policy will engineer some sort of utopia or paradise.

    2.  “Crime is down, way down.”  I keep hearing certain AR regulars (won’t mention Engelman by name) keep saying that, but maybe part of the reason is that most crimes within the enclaves are ignored and therefore not on the books.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Crime is down because the American prison population has exploded in the past 20 years.  

      This does not mean criminality has been reduced.

       We’re  locking up more criminals.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to Mad Max America, more of this to come.

    More and more areas of this country will resemble places like Newark, Detroit, Oakland, Philadelphia……..and so on.

  • Marcy Fleming

    Oakland has long been like this. I am a native of San Francisco and my boyfriend co-owns a home in Oakland. He was the first white on his street.
    Constant harassment for the past fifteen years by racist Blacks.
    I was walking with him one day and a delinquent neighbor girl attacked him shouting anti-white words. She was 16 or so but weighed 300 pounds and before we knew what
    was happening she wrestled him to the ground and pummeled him but good.
    A crowd of Blacks gathered including adults and cheered her on. I tried to intervene but a large adult female pulled me to the ground and kept shouting at the top of her lungs,
    ‘I’m goin’ to whip your a..’ and she did just that.
    The crowd quickly scattered when a cop car came by. They took the report from both of us and escorted us home but told us this sort of thing happens all the time in Oakland.
    Even though we identified the culprits there were no arrests and even if they had made arrests, the political hacks at the Alameda County’s DA office would have dropped the case as they routinely do with Black crime.
    We are starting to reach the boiling point in this country.

  • Anonymous

    Let me guess Afghanistan was #1, Iraq was #2,  Mexico was #3, and  Detroit #4, right?