April 27th, 2010
08:23 PM ET

Gunfire at funeral sparks massive street fight

Hundreds of people spilled into an Oakland, California, street after hearing gunshots at a funeral, sparking a citywide emergency response, police said.

Police were called at about 12:20 p.m. (3:20 p.m. ET) to the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, where shots had been fired, in the southern part of the city. The service was for Davante Riley of Oakland, an 18-year-old who was shot to death on April 18 - his birthday.

Authorities found roughly 300 people outside fighting on 85th Avenue, Oakland police spokeswoman Holly Joshi said. The police department and other agencies eventually dispersed the crowd with the help of the church.

Three people were arrested on firearms charges, and two others were taken into custody for resisting arrest, Joshi said. No serious injuries or shooting victims were reported, she added.

The incident marked the second time in less than three months that gunfire has erupted at an East Bay church, according to the Oakland Tribune.

Two teen brothers were wounded February 12 during services at a church in nearby Richmond.

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  1. Harley C.

    See what an ignorant, callous society we've become? That young man couldn't even be bereaved in peace without guntoting foolishness.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      We're not an ignorant society, there is just a large minority of ignortant people in the US. I'm starting to think the real cause if the fact that modern societies require modern individuals, i.e. educated, cultured, understanding. So many people in this country lack these traits. Thats why there is so much urban violence, and supporters of Sarah Palin!

      July 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • saturn7

      agreed, and thats ironic, some friends and myself fired over 2000 rounds of ammo the other day at a gun range and didn't hurt a fly. That says something. I've been sleeping next to my loaded gun for years, it hasn't killed me yet.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rollo tillmossey

    Figures. 8 million comments on the story about the illegal alien bill. One comment on this story. Well let there be two now. But does this story even need any comment? Or does it just make you hang your head and shake it slowly in a sad sorta "figures" way? Nice to see god get on the ball so quickly to stop that guy from shooting at innocent people in GODS house. Way to go JC!

    April 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |

    Knew who was involved before reading the names. The mb culture begets the racist skinheads and they just don't want to admit it. One of my closest friends is Black and he never acts like that so it is a mental thing and not color at all. If your going to act like animals you surely must expect to be compared to them. You can do better because I worked with many of color during our attempt to achieve equality and now some are hell bent to dishonor that effort when we are so close to sucess.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jona

    It's Oakland. A bastion of civilization. Write it off.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. john

    A sad tale. Sadder souls to weak to step up and live a real life. Hiding behind guns and dope is wussism staright up.

    Let us hope that there could be a better place where reason and peace are kick-ass, not the incessant need for a $ and a snatch.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. DK

    Hey anOPINIONATEDsob, I think the correct political is African-American not color anymore. I don't know Oakland or anything about the community, But all 300 of them were in the wrong and may they all be cursed for showing no respect for the dead and his family.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Question

    Figures, all those bullets fired and not a single person killed. It had to be gang related, they suck at shooting.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. a slozomby

    what surprises me about this story is the Oakland PD actually showed up.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. will

    But how can this be? Guns have been outlawed in calif.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |