Surveillance footage obtained by KTVU provides crucial insights into the sequence of events surrounding the incident, leaving the neighborhood in shock. The incident reportedly began as a verbal dispute between two individuals over a dog.
The surveillance video captures a man and a woman walking past a flower-delivery worker stationed at the entrance of the Telegraph Arts apartment building. As the man glances back, his two dogs dash past, sparking a brief exchange of words between him and the delivery person.
The situation quickly escalates when the man raises his hand and makes physical contact with the delivery person's face. In response, the delivery person retaliates by throwing the flowers at the man.
In a tragic twist, the man pulls out a firearm and shoots the delivery person before swiftly fleeing the scene. The woman, reacting promptly, picks up one of the dogs and pursues the shooter.
"It's truly terrifying. My heart goes out to the victim," expressed Dasom Nah, a resident in the area, reflecting the collective sentiment of the community.
According to witnesses, the victim was delivering flowers to the apartment building on 26th Street near Telegraph Avenue at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening. They assert that the shooter, a familiar face in the neighborhood known for walking his French bulldog, had been residing there for several months.
Eyewitnesses claim that the delivery person complimented the man's dog, triggering an angry response and sparking a heated exchange that tragically culminated in the shooting.
"It's a heart-wrenching and devastating incident," commented Shari Godinez, executive director of KONO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing Koreatown and the Northgate area.
KONO, responsible for organizing Oakland's monthly First Friday events along Telegraph Avenue, has implemented a network of 60 surveillance cameras, including the one capturing this tragic shooting.
"We have provided video footage to the Oakland police for around 10 criminal incidents, two of which involved shootings. This will be the second shooting for which we can provide camera footage," stated Godinez, highlighting that the camera project is funded by property owners in the neighborhood.
"While it's not a guarantee of apprehension, it undoubtedly aids in the process," Godinez added.
KONO has plans to install an additional 60 surveillance cameras over the next six months.
The identity of the delivery person who tragically lost their life has not been disclosed by the police at this time.
Video by KRON4