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Three Juveniles Arrested In Brazen Downtown Alameda Shooting

ALAMEDA (KPIX) -- Three juvenile suspects were in custody early Saturday after a noon-time argument ended in brazen exchange of gunfire on a downtown Alameda street, police said.

According to Alameda police, officers responded to a shooting in the city's downtown area outside a shoe store at 2322 Santa Clara Ave., just a half block from city hall and a block from the police department.

Surveillance Video Shows Gun Battle in Alameda
Surveillance video showed a gun battle between two groups of young people in Alameda

A surveillance video obtained by KPIX showed two people waiting in line to enter the store around noon Friday. A group five boys and two girls walked up. Two teens pulled out guns when they saw the larger group approach. The two groups appeared to know each other and exchanged words. A teen in the larger group wearing a black hoodie fired what appeared to be an assault rifle at the two teens. Surveillance footage showed at least one of the teens returned fire. People screamed and ducked for cover when shots rang out.

"I was shaking. I was shocked -- yeah, it was crazy," said a woman who works nearby and saw the shootout. She declined to provide her name fearing retaliation.

Witnesses said they heard roughly 20 shots.

"With everything going on around this year, just one more crazy thing," said restaurant chef John Couacaud, who works across the street.

Couacaud heard the shots and said this type of crime is unusual for the island. "It could've been much worse though," he said. "There were a lot of people on the street."

Police said one person in the involved groups drove to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. A woman bystander was hit by shrapnel but declined treatment. Police said a stray bullet struck a car and was lodged in the driver seat. The mother who was driving that car and her two-year-old child in the back were unharmed.

Police later arrested three minors and recovered guns and high capacity magazines. Alameda police have not released a motive for the shooting.

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