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Sniper Shoots at Oakland Police During Traffic Stop

Sniper Shoots at Oakland Police During Traffic Stop

San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

July 20, 2010

OAKLAND, Calif.—A routine police stop in West Oakland erupted into gunfire when someone with a rifle opened fire from a high-rise building, police said Monday.

No one was struck by the gunfire, and a search of the area failed to turn up the shooter, said Officer Jeff Thomason, a police spokesman.

The incident began when an officer pulled a car over on the 1000 block of Eighth Street at 11:17 p.m. Sunday, Thomason said. Police found crack cocaine in the vehicle, authorities said.

During the car stop, someone opened fire with a rifle, Thomason said. The officer called for emergency backup, and police swarmed the area.

Police determined that the shooter had been firing from a high-rise building at 1055 Eighth St., which is part of the City Towers housing complex, authorities said. Many units in the building are Section 8 government-subsidized housing.

Officers searched the area by foot and with a helicopter but could not find the shooter, Thomason said.


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