OAKLAND -- A bullet found lodged in a courthouse wall at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building is believed to be a stray round from a Saturday shooting that injured a man in downtown Oakland, authorities said Tuesday.
The bullet was found Sunday in a jury room near the second-floor courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White, authorities said.
The bullet, recovered by police on Monday, penetrated a window about 20 feet above the 1200 block of Clay Street, just north of 12th Street.
There were two shootings in the area on Saturday that left men wounded and police believe the bullet came from one of those incidents.
In a shooting at 10:56 p.m. Saturday, a 23-year-old man was confronted by a group of people at 11th and Clay streets and was shot in the foot and leg as he ran away. No arrests have been made in that case and no motive established.
The other shooting happened at 1:30 a.m. Saturday when a 24-year-old man who apparently had just left a downtown club was shot at 12th and Clay streets while driving his car. He was shot by someone in another vehicle and no arrests have been made yet.
Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said the investigation is ongoing and evidence collected will be processed and linked to the correct case.
The U.S. Marshals Service, which is responsible for security at the building, was not taking any increased precautions, although security procedures are always under review, a spokesman said.
In a statement, Don O'Keefe, U.S. marshal for the Northern District of California, said "at this point it appears that this was a stray bullet, and it does not appear that any federal judges or members of the court family were specifically targeted. However, the security of federal judges and court staff remain a top priority for the U.S. Marshals, and we will continue to work alongside the courts to determine if any additional security is needed."