Police have identified a 26-year-old man fatally shot on May 18 in East Oakland as Michael McNair of Alameda. Officers from the Oakland Police Department (OPD) responded to the report of a man shot in the 2800 block of Parker Avenue, just north of MacArthur Boulevard near 78th Avenue. When officers arrived on the scene they found McNair dead from a gunshot wound.
Police have made no arrests in the case. OPD and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. They are asking anyone with information to call OPD homicide investigators at 238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 777-8572.
Memorial Day Melee
Officers from the Alameda Police Department (APD) and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) responded to a disturbance at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach on Memorial Day. Emergency medical teams from the Alameda Fire Department also responded.
Witnesses described the scene at the beach as a “massive police presence, including a helicopter circling overhead.”
“There must have been at least a dozen uniformed EBRPD officers,” one witness said.
Witnesses reported that problems began when a van started driving across a lawn picnic area to deliver belongings to the beach.An EBRPD park ranger stopped the van and told members of the party inside that park regulations did not permit them to drive the van on the lawn.
A woman who witnessed the incident allegedly accused the party with the van of being lazy. Three women from the van came back and confronted the woman.
“What did you call us?” one of the women from the van allegedly said.
“Lazy,” the accuser reportedly replied.
Witnesses said that three women from the party in the van then attacked their accuser and began to beat her for calling them “lazy.” The accuser’s fiancé stepped in and tried to pull the three woman away. Other men appeared and, witnesses said, began beating up the fiancé. When witnesses began calling 911, the people from the van reportedly took their accusers’ cell phones and threw them.
Police arrived and began questioning both parties involved in the incident, as well as the witnesses. One witness turned over a video of the incident over to the police.
Neither APD nor EBRPD released information about the incident. Phone calls to OPD’s homicide unit and APD were not returned by deadline. A representative of EBRPD declined to comment.