OAKLAND -- A man who served a prison term for his involvement in the killing of a 16-year-old boy in Contra Costa County in 2005 was arrested Sunday night after police say he shot two men at an East Oakland taco truck.
The shooting was one of four over a 12-hour period between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning in different parts of Oakland.
Raul Pinet, 28, of Antioch, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault with a firearm in the taco truck shooting. Police said he did not know the men he shot, both of whom will recover from their wounds.
Officer Omar Daza-Quiroz said a 22-year-old man was ordering food at the taco truck at 22nd Avenue and International Boulevard about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when he got into a conversation with Pinet.
After a few moments, police said Pinet hit the man in the face for no apparent reason, and the two began fighting. When a 20-year-old friend of the man hit in the face tried to help, Pinet pulled a gun and shot them both, Daza-Quiroz said.
Pinet ran off but was arrested a few blocks away by responding police. He refused to talk to investigators. The 22-year-old man was shot in the wrist and the other man in the thigh.
Authorities confirmed that in July 2005 Pinet and another man were arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing of a 16-year-old high school student in Bay Point during a shootout with another person. Pinet was eventually convicted of voluntary manslaughter and served seven years in prison, authorities said. It was not immediately known what happened with the other suspect in that shooting.
In the other Oakland shootings, a 48-year-old man was shot during an attempted robbery about 12:20 a.m. Monday near Third Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, not far from Lake Merritt.
Police said the man had just dropped a friend off and was in his car when a man with a gun approached the vehicle and demanded money. The man said he did not have any and started driving away. Police said the man shot at the car and hit the man in the hand.
At 11:40 p.m. Sunday, a 30-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 1200 block of 16th Street in West Oakland.
Police said the man was shot after refusing a ride from someone who got angry and shot him. The gunman then fled in the vehicle. The man was in stable condition at a hospital.
At 12:46 p.m. Sunday, a 56-year-old woman was shot in the arm as she sat in a car in the 1900 block of 92nd Avenue in East Oakland. Police said three suspects approached the vehicle on foot and began shooting at the car, where the woman was sitting with other people. No one else was injured, but some homes in the area were hit by gunfire.
The suspects fled on foot, and the woman was taken to a hospital, where she was in stable condition. Police have not released a motive yet for the shooting or said if the woman was the intended target.