Cops: Oakland park shooting began amid birthday celebration

Police on the scene after seven people were shot near 96th Avenue and Olive Street on November 25, 2013.
CBS San Francisco

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.