Emeryville Police responded to a report of gunfire on Park Avenue early Thursday evening at about 5:24 p.m. Two vehicles traveling from the Beach Street area behind Target were reportedly involved in a confrontation where at least two shots were fired.
Witnesses reported seeing a subject in the passenger side of a speeding vehicle shooting at another vehicle while passing the Emeryville Warehouse Lofts at 1500 Park Avenue. One vehicle fled the area heading east on Park toward San Pablo Avenue. A second black vehicle turned south on Hubbard then proceeded west on 40th. Neither vehicle was located.
The Citizen app, which monitors public safety channels like police scanners, identified one of the vehicles as a black Dodge Charger and the gun as a semi-automatic pistol.
Officers were able to locate two nine mm shell casings from the area although they were unable to locate any bullets embedded in the surrounding buildings. EPD Captain Oliver Collins noted it’s a rarity for shooters in moving vehicles to actually hit their intended targets.
Police departments generally follow up with local hospitals to check if anyone was admitted with gunshot wounds. It is common for victims to seek care outside the area to elude questioning in the advent they were involved in a crime according to EPD.
The incident was indicative of the rapidly deteriorating conditions neighbors have witnessed in the historic neighborhood over the past few years. “Time to get out of this town,” noted one longtime neighbor who echoed the sentiment of others we spoke with. “It feels like E’ville is under siege,” noted another longtime employee of the area.
Another one! I am reevaluating where I park my car in Emeryville. pic.twitter.com/HTJ6MZIQFb
— The E’ville Eye News (@TheEvilleEye) August 7, 2019
A swelling homeless encampment under the 40th/Shellmound bridge, eroding public safety including a rash of home burglaries & gunpoint robberies, a homicide, and questionable public maintenance where fallen limbs are becoming commonplace and dangerous.
Local politicians have been reluctance to publicly identify solutions or even acknowledge that there are growing issues in the neighborhood. Community efforts to improve the area via a well-supported public dog park were stifled by our current city council.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Emeryville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section at (510) 596-3700.
Feature Image: Nannette Miranda