Police: Rival Gangs to Blame for Oakland Violence

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland police are attributing much of the city's violent crime in recent months to a fight between rival gangs that stems from the slaying of a girl last summer.

Police Chief Howard Jordan said Monday the gangs are responsible for about 90 percent of the killings, robberies, shootings and other violent incidents in the city since mid-2012, including four of this year's six homicides.

Jordan did not provide details about the shooting that he said set off the fighting or name the gangs. But he said police are cracking down on them.

Jordan made the comments after a particularly violent few days for the city that saw four people shot and killed and 11 others wounded

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