Shooting near Lake Merritt leaves man dead

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Police confirmed the death of an Oakland man after a shooting near Lake Merritt Friday evening.

The case pushed the homicide reports in Oakland to 123 this year.

According to the Police Department, a shooting report was sent to the officers shortly after 8:15 in the evening with a location at 1400 block of Lakeshore Ave. A gunshot-injured adult male was found by the police department.

Police said the Fire Department and ambulance crews were deployed to give medical needs.

The name of the victim will not yet be released pending the notification to his next of kin, the police said, who only confirmed that the victim was from Oakland.

No more details were released as they continue the investigation.

This year, the Oakland Police Department has logged 134 homicide cases. Of this number, 11 were determined to be in the form of self-defense, or non-criminal. The figure this year became the highest in over a decade.

Police said that in the East Bay community, Friday was a violent day as shooting reports, carjacking, and robberies are recorded.

They said that in one incident, officers were deployed just before 4:30 in the afternoon at 500 block of 98th Avenue in East Oakland as a man was reported to have pointed a firearm at an individual.

The armed suspect was found by officers pointing his gun at the police and even assaulted one of the officers. A member of the police force fired his firearm at the man but missed.

Mayor Libby Schaaf and the City Council cited the rise in violent crime to approve a couple of new police academies this month, as well as in hiring 60 additional police officers that can boost the current 676 count – the lowest in over ten years.