OAKLAND -- Gunfire sent a 12,000-volt power line and portions of a conductor tumbling to the street late Friday, killing a 19-year-old man and critically injuring his half brother who tried to help him, officials said.
Jermaine Tarver was killed when he was struck by the falling wire, and his 23-year-old half brother, Tresylian Redd was injured when he touched the wire while trying to help his brother. Redd is in critical but stable condition at a hospital.
The deadly incident happened about 11:35 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of 89th Avenue, where police said Tarver lived.
Sgt. Mike Cardoza said there were numerous reports of gunfire and fireworks in the area and police are trying to determine if a bullet or fireworks caused the line to fall.
But Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman Jana Morris said that the incident was caused by gunfire, which she said caused "damage to overhead equipment, causing it to come down to the ground."
Morris said 65 customers in the area of 89th Avenue and Birch Street remain without power due to the downed line and a damaged conductor.
PG&E technicians arrived at the site at 11:58 p.m. but left soon after due to continued gunfire in the area, Morris said.
Crews returned at 8:28 a.m. Saturday to make repairs. Morris said they hope to have power restored by midday.
"Due to continued gunfire in the area, we were not able to immediately make repairs due to concerns about the safety of our employees," Morris said.
Tarver's half brother was inside their home at the time but ran outside to help the younger man.
Police said Redd apparently did not see the fallen power line and was injured when he came in contact with it.
Both men were taken to a hospital where the Tarver died at 12:25 a.m. Saturday.
Police responded to dozens of calls of gunfire and fireworks across the city until early Saturday and firefighters were also kept busy.
Police arrested 14 people on a variety of charges and issued 114 citations for fireworks-related crimes and some illegal fireworks confiscated, authorities said.
There were no immediate reports of any structure fires caused by fireworks.
Two men were shot in attempted robberies in different parts of the city Friday, police said, but both will survive.
About 11:35 p.m. Friday a 23-year-old man was walking on 89th Avenue near Plymouth Street in East Oakland when a vehicle pulled up next to him and a man inside demanded his cellphone.
The man started running and was shot in the leg. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The suspect drove off and no arrests have been made.
About 6 p.m. Friday a 29-year-old man was in his car parked in the 1300 block of Mandela Parkway in West Oakland when a man walked up to the vehicle and demanded his money.
The man drove off, and the suspect shot at him, wounding him in the leg and arm. He was able to drive to Seventh Street and Mandela Parkway, where help was summoned. He was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition. No arrests have been made.