Rash of Shootings Plague Island City

Rash of Shootings Plague Island City

Last Saturday’s gunfire increases city’s number to 11 since June 1

Another shooting incident took place in Alameda on Saturday, Oct. 3, adding to an already alarming increase in shooting incidents on the Island in the past several months.

Alameda police officers were alerted to possible gunshots fired at 8 p.m. on the 700 block of West Essex Drive last Saturday. According to an Alameda Police Department (APD) report, officers discovered several rounds of spent shell casings after canvassing the area. Officers believe there was more than one shooter at the scene after finding the spent casings. No suspects or victims were found at the scene.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw a silver mid-sized car and a dark blue or black vehicle leaving the area moments after hearing the gunfire, according to the report. Both vehicles were last seen traveling east on West Essex towards the intersection of Pan Am Way.

APD is asking anyone with additional information or possible footage between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the area of West Essex, between Pearl Harbor Road and Pan Am, related to the shooting to contact APD’s Violent Crimes Unit at 337-8538.

The incident adds to a rise in reported shooting incidents in Alameda since the beginning of summer. According to APD, there have been 11 gun-related incidents in Alameda since June 1, compared to just one incident from June 1 to Oct. 5 last year.

“Law enforcement agencies have typically seen an increase in criminal activity during the summer months, however, we have seen an unsettling rise in gun-related incidents since June 1 compared to the same time frame in 2019,” wrote APD in a Facebook post. “Our violent crime’s detective is actively working to resolve these cases. Officers have been providing extra attention to areas of concern, and assistance from the public is becoming extremely vital in resolving these cases.”

The shooting incidents include a shootout on Friday, Aug. 7 outside the Airloom Deluxe apparel store at 2322 Santa Clara Ave. in downtown Alameda involving two groups of juvenile boys (“APD Responded to Pair of Shootings Last Week,” Aug. 11). In this incident witnesses reported hearing between 20 and 30 gunshots. One person was struck by a bullet, but their injury was not life threatening, while another person was struck by shrapnel. Four people, all minors, were arrested for the shooting.

In another incident, Alameda resident, Shamari Hill, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a woman in the leg on Sept. 16 in the parking lot of Mountain Mike’s Pizza at 714 Central Ave., (“APD Officers Arrest Shooter,” Sept. 24). Hill, who is out on bail, had his arraignment hearing on Oct. 6, according to Alameda County Superior Court records. His original hearing date was scheduled for Sept. 22.

APD said all violent crimes, including brandishing of weapons, robberies, assaults and high valued theft; has increased since the beginning of June. APD wants residents to ensure their safety by following several basic tips including stay alert to waiting or circling vehicles; walk-in well-lit and highly traveled areas; and more. To view all APD tips visit APD’s Facebook page.