Oakland mass shooting suspect arrested

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14 year old arrested
14 year old arrested

A suspected killer has been arrested and charged after 11 people were shot on a music video film set in Oakland. 

Brian Cruz, 21, was arrested and booked into jail on homicide charges. 

The mass shooting happened on January 23 on the 5900 block of MacArthur Boulevard. 

One of the victims, Mario Navarro, 18, went to the set to watch the music video being recorded. His family said he loved music. 

Mario Navarro, 18, recently graduated from Unity High School. (Family photo)

Unfortunately, he was one of the 11 victims shot. 

According to police, there were about 50 people and multiple gunmen. 

Navarro’s family said he had just celebrated graduating from high school. \

“Sadly the love he had for music put him at the wrong place. We lost him,” his family wrote.

Navarro’s father said ambulances were slow to arrive, and all of the victims were ultimately driven to hospitals by friends. “The ambulance never showed up. They only got there after everyone was gone. They could have saved my boy’s life. Instead, he was taken by people with no experience,” Navarro’s father said. 

Cruz was arrested on February 16 in Oakland, but the OPD did not release information about the arrest until Wednesday. The Oakland Police Department said Cruz was arrested with assistance from U.S. Marshals, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfield police, and San Leandro police.

Cruz is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Navarro was one of 17 people slain in Oakland this year. Many arrests have been made. OPD’s homicide detectives said they solved more than 50 percent of 2023’s homicide cases.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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