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Six Injured in a School Shooting in Oakland, California

Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said during a news conference that authorities claimed it was “fortunate more people were not harmed during the shooting.”

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Originally published on NBCNews.com, two students and four staff personnel were injured in a school shooting in Oakland, California. Multiple suspects are believed to have fired at least 30 rounds during the school shooting Wednesday that wounded the six people. The police said Thursday the shooting is believed to be gang-related,

Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said during a news conference that authorities claimed it was “fortunate more people were not harmed during the shooting.” LeRonne called the shooting” wholly unacceptable.” LeRonne gave no insight into how he was going to eliminate such unacceptable behavior.

LeRonne gave some details of the shooting. “We know that there were at least two shooters and another accomplice related to this case, but there may have been more,” he said. “We also know that there were over 30 rounds fired on this campus. We thank God that many more students were not injured.” Officials said the shooting victims were all adults.

Two students, a counselor, a security guard and two staffers were wounded. The police claim a belief that one person was targeted in what is presumed to be a gang-related attack.

On Wednesday, Assistant Oakland Police Chief Darren Allison told reporters the shooting occurred shortly before 1 p.m. at a campus with four schools, including a middle school and a high school, in the city’s Eastmont Hills neighborhood.

Police assert that the victims had “some affiliation” with Rudsdale, one of the schools. Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday that the gunfire erupted at Sojourner Truth, a K-12 independent study school at the campus. Allison said all victims were found inside the school.

Allison did not identify a potential motive or suspect. Authorities are searching for one shooter, although others may have been involved, he said. After asserting that the incident “shocks the soul,” Schaaf blamed the gang shooting on “the unbridled access to firearms in our country,” and added further, “it is inexcusable.” Schaaf did not blame the gangs.

The article offered some recent historical perspective. The shooting, the article asserted, is the second at an Oakland school in less than a month. Authorities said a 12-year-old shot a 13-year-old at Madison Park Academy on Aug. 29, wounding the boy.

Oakland, a city of nearly half a million, is struggling with gun violence. On Tuesday, Chief Armstrong unveiled a plan to reduce the violence. The details of Armstrong’s plan was not disclosed in the article.

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