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Thursday, May 9, 2013

OFD Gunshots Hit Firehouse, Travel Thru Oakland Fire Department Apparatus Room

One dead in Oakland shooting; Fire station riddled with bullets
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OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland firefighters heard the familiar sound of gunfire in the neighborhood Tuesday night, but were stunned when stray bullets ripped through their station, authorities said.

Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Emon Usher said the incident took place around 9 p.m. shortly after firefighters had pulled their engine into the station -- Engine Company 18 located at 1700 50th Ave.

“The firefighters heard shooting in the neighborhood,” Usher said. “One of the lieutenants was talking to a firefighter cadet, saying usually when we hear the sound of gunshots, we respond to a medical call…They walked around the engine and right after that the bullets came through the windows.”

Firefighters around them dove to the ground for safety.

“They dove under the fire engine,” he said. “Some firefighters inside the station dove under desks and the firefighters in the second floor could actually hear the bullets zinging by…We’re very fortunate that none of our firefighters were injured. “

Usher said several shots were fired.

“They were large caliber,” he said. “It was like a ‘pop, pop’ and then a ‘boom, boom.’ .. One bullet went completely through the station.”

Usher said the bullets came from a nearby fatal shooting.

“We responded to the medical call (to the shooting),” he said. “But someone had taken the victim to the hospital in a private vehicle… Unfortunately that person passed away. “

While the station house is new, it replaced an older one that also had been hit by gunfire.

“Sometimes I think the whole city is under siege,” Usher said.

The fatal shooting remained under investigation and there were no other details immediately available.

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