East Bay News
Five people shot outside Oakland movie theater
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland police are still looking for the drive-by shooter who injured five people in front of a busy Oakland movie theatre Sunday night. It happened outside the Regal Cinemas on Washington Street at Second, in the Jack London Square area, a district popular with tourists and families.
All five victims are expected to recover. The shootings happened during a busy summer night and there were a lot of witnesses, but police are still having a hard time piecing together what exactly led up to the shooting, in part, because the victims are not cooperating with investigators.
According to a witness, the shooting started just as young people gathered near the front of the theater for the next showing of the new Spiderman movie. "A bunch of kids out here playing, just waiting to go to the movies, I guess to see Spiderman, and a car pulled and just started shooting," witness Rodric Stanley told ABC7.
Five young people were shot, ages 15 to 23, four males and one female. None has life-threatening injuries. "What we do know at this time is there appears to have been two groups. The groups were involved in some type of altercation. During that altercation, one of the individuals in the group shot five of the other people," said Ofc. Johnna Watson. The shooter is described as a young male with a handgun. It's not certain if he got away on foot or jumped into a car.
The Regal Cinemas is just off Jack London Square, a part of town where there's normally very little violence. "There were people, a lot of young kids running this way up the street. They locked the door to secure the customers inside," recalled Dorcia White, general manager of Everett and Jones, a restaurant that's been near Jack London Square for 14 years. "I'm going to say it's still safe to come down here at night. It's a beautiful place, the waterfront. It's a beautiful location to be in. I don't think families should feel unsafe. I think it was just a one-time incident. "
The manager of Regal Cinemas had no comment Monday.
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