City Responds to Recent Gun Violence

City Responds to Recent Gun Violence

The City of Alameda and the Alameda Police Department (APD) put out a joint press release responding to recent violent crime that has plagued the city since early summer.

Alameda has experienced an “unprecedented number of shootings” since June 1, according to the press release. There have been 14 shooting incidents in the city in the last five months. There were only 10 shootings in all of 2018 and 2019.

“While each shooting incident brings a significant level of danger to the community, we can safely say that none of the cases appear to be random,” stated Alameda Interim Police Chief Randy Fenn. “Unfortunately, many people have turned to firearms to settle their grievances, including domestic disputes and illicit business dealings.”

Fenn said APD has made arrests in five of these cases, while the others continue to be investigated. Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said she is concerned with the high number of shootings.

“I understand and share the concerns of residents and businesses that stem from the recent increases in gun violence and gun purchases in the Bay Area, including Alameda,” said Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. “I am confident that the Alameda Police Department, under Interim Chief Fenn’s leadership, is focused on responding to and solving gun-related crimes as they occur.”

The last two shooting incidents in Alameda occurred in the last eight days. On Thursday, Oct. 22, a gunshot victim reported he was shot in the back while being robbed and carjacked, according to the APD daily activity report. The shooting was reported at 3:25 p.m. at the intersection of Grand Street and Clement Avenue. Since the incident, a suspect was apprehended by Oakland police officers for an unrelated crime. The name of the victim and suspect have been withheld.

The latest shooting occurred on Monday, Oct. 26. A gunshot victim reported being shot in the leg at 7:38 p.m. on the 200 block of Maple Way. There is no further information of the incident.

APD is starting a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to respond to and minimize violent crime in Alameda. Some of the details of the new approach include a proactive response from patrol officers to calls for shots fired including searching for witnesses, possible video footage, and collecting physical evidence. Also, evidence is sent to be processed through the county crime lab, State Department of Justice, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Shell casing data is entered into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. APD is also sending high profile patrol to areas where past shootings have occurred.

APD has not reported any murders this year caused by shooting incidents.

“Alameda’s City management, police department, and elected officials prioritize the community’s safety and wellbeing,” stated the press release.

If you have any information on any reported violent crime incidents, contact APD at 337-8340. To view the press release, visit https://www.alamedaca.gov/Shortcut-Content/News-Media/City-of-Alameda-wo...