Oakland police say 4 killed in separate shootings

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm •  Published: January 12, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland police are investigating four fatal shootings that took place in different parts of the city within six hours, the latest outbreak of violence in a city that saw 131 homicides last year.

Friday's victims included a 17-year-old high school senior who died at the scene of the attack at around 8:15 p.m. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson blamed groups "involved in ongoing feuds" for the shootings.

The first fatal shooting involved a 22-year-old Oakland man and took place at around 2:30 p.m., The Oakland Tribune (http://bit.ly/ZIXOd8) reported.

The second shooting was reported at around 3 p.m. when a 30-year-old Stockton man's body was found. It's believed the man — identified as Larry Lovette — was shot elsewhere in the city and his body taken to the Glenview district, police said.

Then at around 4:15 p.m., a 20-year-old Oakland man was found shot in his car in the driveway of a home. Eddiebo Rodriguez died after he was taken to a hospital, police said.

The 17-year-old — identified by authorities as Ken Harbin — died in an area that's plagued by gangs and gun violence. Neighbors said they heard dozens of gunshots Friday night.

"Shooting happens out here all the time," said Armando Ramirez, 37, who was walking by the scene of Harbin's shooting with two small children Saturday morning. "It's a part of life here."

Two other people were killed earlier this week in separate shootings in the city.

Mayor Jean Quan, Police Chief Howard Jordan and several staff members discussed Friday's shootings in a Saturday morning conference call, Quan spokesman Sean Maher said.



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