10 Year Old Boy Hit by Bullet in Oakland
Last night when my wife and children came to pick me up from the BART station they told me that the road by our house was roadblocked by the police.
It turns out a few hours earlier a 10 year old child was struck by a stray bullet in an armed robbery while he was taking piano lessons at a local Oakland music studio less than a mile from our house. This is the same music studio that my family drives by pretty much every day and where I buy my guitar strings for my guitar. My kids have attended music lessons at the same studio. The shooter was robbing the gas station across the street from the music studio. When my oldest 7 year old son got home last night after picking me up from BART, the first thing he did was throw up because he was so worried about the police action near our home. The child who was shot is reported as in critical condition at Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
It’s so sad to hear that something so awful has happened to a child. It’s also so sad to see the crime that continues to blight the city of Oakland. I’m not sure what can be done to stop the crime which seems to continue escalating in Oakland. This is what is most frustrating of all. The only thing that I can think to do is to continue arresting these criminals and putting them in jail for longer and longer periods of time.
They arrested a suspect in the case when he crashed his car into a check cashing place down the road. They found a ski mask and a hand gun in his car. If convicted, I hope they lock this guy up in prison for many, many, many years. What kind of horrible monster does something like this?