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At least one person died and several others were injured in a shooting near a June 18 celebration in northern California on Saturday night, police said.
Gunfire rang after around 1,000 people gathered at Lake Merritt in Oakland to commemorate the historic end of slavery. Bullets struck six victims between the ages of 16 and 27, Oakland police said in a statement.
A 22-year-old victim died of his wounds in a hospital, the department confirmed.
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Two armed men who ran away from the scene were arrested, the department said. Homicide investigators determined whether the men were the shooters.
“Tonight a joyous occasion at our Lake Merritt was marred by a senseless act of gun violence,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement to the East Bay Times. “Police in the area took care of the victims and arrested two people with firearms near the scene. The investigation is ongoing and will determine if they are linked to the shooting. Our thoughts go with family and friends the victim, and I want to “thank our officers for a quick response.”
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The condition of the victims was not disclosed immediately.
Witnesses said a group of people argued before the shooting, Bay Area FOX 2 reported, citing social media sources.