OAKLAND -- Problems hit the popular Oakland First Friday festival again Friday night when a man with a gun was arrested following the Uptown district event that is meant to highlight the city's art, music and creative resurgence, but has seen violence in recent months.
The name and age of the man with the gun was not released.
No one was injured.
Police said someone saw the man with a gun and alerted officers, who tried to stop him. The man ran away and attempted to get rid of the gun before officers caught up to him and detained him. It was not immediately clear Saturday how he attempted to dump the gun.
The Oakland First Fridays Arts Festival is officially open between 5 and 9 p.m. and is centered around Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street, according to the event website
The gun incident occurred about 10 p.m. when the festival was officially over but people remained on the streets. Organizers have scaled back the event since a man was killed following the event in February. It now ends an hour earlier and is confined to a smaller area.
In February, Kiante Campbell, an 18-year-old Oakland high school senior, was shot and killed and three other people, including a 17-year-old boy and two women, were wounded as the crowded event was winding down. An argument led several people drawing guns and the deadly shooting. Police said the women were not part of the confrontation and were hit by stray bullets as they walked in the area.
That shooting happened about 10:50 p.m. Feb. 1 in the parking lot of a beauty supply business in the 2000 block of Telegraph Avenue, between 20th and 21st streets in the Uptown district. A man was later arrested for the shooting.