OAKLAND -- An Antioch man was killed in a hail of gunfire Tuesday night during a vigil for a homicide victim slain in Oakland last month, police said.
The 19-year-old man, who has not been identified, was attending the gathering on the 5000 block of Melrose Avenue in East Oakland when at least one gunman opened fire about 8:56 p.m., hitting the man and several houses, cars and a nearby firehouse.
About 20 to 30 rounds were fired, but no one else was injured in the shooting, police said. The Antioch man was taken by others to a hospital where he died.
The vigil was held to remember Oakland resident Ceejay Reed, 19, who died in a drive-by shooting April 26 on 53rd Street in North Oakland. During that shooting, another 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were also shot but will recover from their wounds, police said.
Because of safety concerns, the family held the vigil for Reed in East Oakland, according to police.
Nobody in the fire station was hurt, Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Emon Usher said Wednesday morning. Fire crews at Station 18 at Bancroft and 50th avenues had just returned from what proved to be a false alarm call and were exiting the engine when a bullet from the gunfire hit a window at the station.
Individuals at the station "dove under anything they could find," Usher said. "They dove for cover, and fortunately, nobody was hurt."
Usher said gunfire outside the station is not uncommon, and that the individuals manning the station are used to hearing it. This time, however, "the shots got louder and closer, and then you had a bullet hit the window. By that time, everybody was scattering."
According to Usher, one firefighter was standing in front of the window and had moved seconds before it was shattered by the bullet.
"One guy jumped under a front wheel of an engine," Usher said. "Another jumped under a desk. Other dove under tables. They found whatever cover they could find."
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $15,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3821 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.
Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this story. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.