US: At least 1 killed, 8 injured after shootout at gas station in Oakland, California

At least eight people were injured and one was killed in a shootout at an Oakland gas station, late Monday (January 23) said the San Francisco Bay Area police, reported Associated Press. The incident took place in the United States’, California which, including the Oakland gas station shootout, has now witnessed three mass shootings in the past three days. 

In a statement, the Oakland Police Department said that officers were sent to Macarthur Boulevard just after 6:00 pm (local time) after they learned that there had been a shooting between several people. The alert was sent by ShotSpotter, which is a gunshot detection technology, reported CNN. 

However, upon arrival at the Valero gas station, they found “several casings” but no victims said the police. They later received multiple notifications from local hospitals and learned that those who were shot had taken themselves for treatment of the gunshot wounds. The police department also said that one person had died at the hospital while others were listed in stable condition, reported AP.

According to the local media reports, at least 19 shots were fired. Notably, the incident drew far less attention and so far no arrests have been made while other details were not released. However, the officials said that the identity of the deceased victim is being withheld pending family notification.

The shootout took place hours after the two shootings in Half Moon Bay in northern California which is 38 kilometres (24 miles) southwest of Oakland, where a gunman killed seven people. “The Sheriff’s Office is responding to a shooting incident with multiple victims in the area of (Highway) 92 and the (Half Moon Bay) City limits,” the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office had said on Twitter. 

The statement added, “Suspect is in custody. There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time.” According to reports, the two shootings took place on two farms, Mountain Mushroom Farm and Rice Tucking-Soil Farm. Subsequently, officers arrested 67-year-old Chunli Zhao as a suspect who was found in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation, said San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus. 

(With inputs from agencies) 

 

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