Oakland police have arrested the suspected gunman they believe shot and killed a man and may have also wounded three other people at the city's popular First Friday event on Friday night.

Police arrested the man Saturday night and declined to give his name, saying his identity would be withheld until the Alameda County District Attorney's office files charges on Monday or Tuesday.

The man is suspected of shooting and killing 18-year-old Kiante Campbell on Telegraph Avenue and wounding three other people who were attending the crowded street festival that happens the first Friday of every month in the city's downtown and Uptown neighborhoods.

Mayor Jean Quan said in a written statement that she was "deeply saddened" by the shooting and that the city was "taking immediate action to assess the security and overall nature of the event," a blocks-long festival of food, vintage cars and music she said has been safe and successful.

Oakland First Friday attracts thousands of people to the area monthly, and is an offshoot of Art Murmur, a gallery walk that launched seven years ago and happens earlier on the same night.

Campbell had first arrived at the event with friends around 9 p.m., and like many festivalgoers, he lingered in the Uptown neighborhood after the event officially came to an end at 10 p.m.


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The shooting happened about 10:50 p.m. after a confrontation erupted in the parking lot of a beauty supply business on Telegraph Avenue between 20th and 21st streets, according to police.

Also shot was Campbell's friend, a 17-year-old Oakland boy, and two women who were not part of the confrontation and were hit by stray bullets: a 24-year-old Oakland woman and a 29-year-old San Francisco woman. The teen and the three women were expected to recover.

Quan said the growing popularity of the event led to more private security and police oversight beginning in October, but she said in the statement "we can and must do better."

One community group, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, said it would hold a vigil for Campbell and against violence at the next First Friday event on March 1.

Others questioned if the organic and mostly unregulated outdoor party, a pride of city residents and leaders, could continue as it has.

In an online post called "The Last First Friday?" that went viral this weekend, the blog 38thNotes.com urged patrons of the event, a "small hipster art movement (that) has since ballooned into a sea of 20,000 people," to take more seriously the broader city's violence and poverty.

"If you want to live in this city, then you have to help us deal with this dilemma," the blog said.