OAKLAND -- A shooting erupted at an East Oakland sideshow early Saturday after a party bus tried to drive through the controversial street activity, leaving a 25-year-old woman in grave condition on life support and two men wounded, police said.
The unidentified Walnut Creek woman was visiting her former hometown and watching the sideshow when she was hit, police said. A 25-year-old Hayward man and 28-year-old Oakland man, whose names have also not been released, were also shot in the melee and were not involved in the sideshow which turned violent at about 2:30 a.m. on the 10600 block of MacArthur Boulevard in a mainly commercial area of stores, bars and fast-food restaurants, investigators said.
As of late Saturday morning, the Hayward man remained hospitalized in stable condition, police said. The Oakland man was treated at a hospital and released after being grazed by a bullet, police said.
Dozens of vehicles had been participating in the sideshow, a decades-old event in which vehicles speed and do dangerous "doughnuts" among other illegal activities, police said. A party bus of some kind tried to drive through the activity in the westbound lanes, when sideshow participants began throwing rocks and bottles at the bus. Gunfire erupted shortly thereafter, police said.
Detectives are trying to determine if anyone on the bus -- which was later found riddled with bullet holes -- was involved in the shooting and who fired weapons, police said. No arrests have been made.
On Saturday night, Curtis Dettway, an employee with the party bus rental company Galactic Transporter Inc., said the business is cooperating fully with the investigation before referring all other questions to police.The injured women and two men, who did not know each other, were standing near the intersection of 106th Avenue and MacArthur when they were shot. The men got rides to the hospital from friends, while the woman was taken by ambulance.
Videos posted to YouTube on Saturday, show a crowded intersection with multiple cars loudly spinning circles inside a circle of onlookers. A surveillance video obtained by a television station showed the large party bus entering the intersection, followed by a chaotic shooting aftermath with onlookers rushing to their cars to escape.
On Saturday afternoon, investigators still worked the crime scene, which was littered with dozens of bullet casings and rubber skid marks throughout the intersection. Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from businesses surrounding the shooting, police said.
It's not the first time sideshows have turned violent, with shootings and slayings linked to the events in the past. Police and city officials are planning to hold a news conference Monday to address the issue.
"Our hearts and prayers are with everyone who has been touched by this unacceptable violence," Mayor Jean Quan said Saturday. "On Monday, our police department will discuss strategies for reducing and eliminating sideshows, and we look forward to sharing this important work with the community."
There have been dozens of sideshows so far this year in East Oakland. In January, sideshow activity stopped traffic on Interstate 880 near the Oakland Coliseum complex during broad daylight, as cars spun in circles while cohorts filmed and later posted video on social media.
No one was injured and no arrests were made in connection with the I-880 sideshow.
There were two other nonfatal shootings in East and West Oakland on Saturday morning.
At 1 a.m., a 19-year-old man was shot twice in the 1100 block of 30th Street in West Oakland. He was in stable condition at a hospital and was not cooperating with police, authorities said. Police don't have a motive, and no arrests have been made.
At 2:55 a.m., a man was shot in the 1700 block of 88th Avenue in East Oakland as he stood outside a residence. He got a ride to a hospital and was in stable condition. No motive was released, and no arrests have been made.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $20,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrests in the sideshow shooting and up to $5,000 in the other two cases. Anyone with information can call police at 510-238-3821 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.
Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.