Woman, 52, Shot in the Head with a Flare Gun in Oakland Chinatown

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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article reported a description of the male as a “young Black man” from a local reporter in bold. We deeply apologize for unintentionally calling attention to his race. Although it is no excuse, it is our practice to bold quotes from outside sources and it was not our intention to focus on his race. As a publication that works to support marginalized communities, it is our intention to uplift our Black allies. We apologize for our oversight and thank our readers for having a discussion with us so that we can work to be better allies and fight against anti-Blackness in our community.

An Asian woman in Oakland, California was reportedly shot by a young man with a flare gun this week.

The incident, believed to be an unprovoked attack, occurred in the 800 block of Franklin Street in the city’s Chinatown district on Tuesday.

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The shooting was reported at 12:37 p.m., according to CBS San Francisco. The victim, 52, was found bleeding profusely from her head and was taken to a hospital.

Witness accounts and surveillance images led to the arrest of a 36-year-old male at Market and Brockhurst streets in West Oakland an hour later. The local journalist provided a description of the suspect below.

Police found the suspect wearing a bulletproof vest. They also recovered a flare gun and a spent shell, according to East Bay Times.

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The man is facing felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury. He is being held at the Santa Rita Jail on an $80,000 bail.

The victim is reported to be in stable condition. Authorities believe she and the suspect have no prior connection.

The suspect will be arraigned today. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the police at 510-238-3426.

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Feature Image (cropped) via Paul Sableman (CC BY 2.0)

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