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Cops: Oakland park shooting began amid birthday celebration

OAKLAND, Calif. -  The shooting that injured seven people Monday night, including one critically, began at a birthday gathering, police said Tuesday, reports CBS San Francisco

Officers received reports of a shooting about a block away from Verdese Carter Park in East Oakland shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. Police then learned about a second shooting scene nearby when they arrived.

Watson said Tuesday that initial reports suggest that two armed suspects approached a group of men who were celebrating a birthday and began shooting at them. 

One of the victims is now in critical condition, according to the station. The other six suffered non-life threatening injuries, Watson said. The wounded are between the ages of 23 and 31.

Police do not have a motive for the shooting and were still trying to determine whether the assailants were on foot or in a vehicle.

Oakland police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $35,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s homicide section at (510) 238-3821 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland at (510) 777-8572.



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