Report: Man shot and killed “near” Occupy Oakland camp

posted at 10:10 pm on November 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

The problem with a “vibrant brand of urbanism” is that it tends to get a little too vibrant. Especially in Oakland, which has easily been the most violent of the “Occupy” franchises so far.

The AP says the shooting happened at the “edge” of the plaza where the protesters are camped but no one’s sure yet if the shooter or victim are connected to the movement. According to the Oakland Tribune, though, the dispute happened inside the camp and the victim was shot while trying to run away. Quote:

According to witnesses, two men in the encampment got into an argument which escalated into gunfire. The victim was seen running away from the gunman, witnesses said. One bullet hit the Western Federal Credit Union.

The tent village is quiet as police and evidence technicians walk around with flashlights, searching for evidence, and 14th Street is closed while officers investigate. The occupiers were having a celebration to commemorate one month of their camp when the shooting occurred, and now many of them are relighting candles at a memorial set up for Scott Olsen, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran injured in an earlier rally.

KTVU claims that the victim is dead. I haven’t seen that reported elsewhere, but they’re citing “authorities” as their source so it might very well be true. The obligatory denials/obstruction from the occupiers:

Occupy Oakland protesters told the media that the shooting had nothing to do with the encampment and didn’t involve any activists. Proteers surrounded the scene of the shooting and made a human chain to keep photographers from filming the victim.

Barucha Peller, who is part of the Occupy Oakland encampment, said some of the first people to help the victim were medics from the camp.

She said the shooting happened next to the camp, not in it.

They did more than make a human chain. Reporter Aimee Allison of the Chronicle says she was attacked when she tried to take a cell phone photo. And she wasn’t the only one: “A few feet away a TV cameraman was shooting footage and a crowd of twenty or so men attacked and punched him, forcing him over the railing of the 14th Street BART Station.” Which means, even in the best-case scenario, there was an unconnected murder right next to the camp and a mob of protesters decided to do “damage control” by beating the hell out of journalists who were trying to report on it. That’s where we’re at here. And do note: This wasn’t the only fatal shooting at an Occupy camp today.

The campsite in Oakland has become menacing enough that city council members were already calling yesterday for it to be dismantled and may force a vote of no confidence in terrible, terrible, terrible Mayor Jean Quan. Given how nasty things have gotten in Oakland over the past few weeks, I wonder if Oakland P.D. is up to the task; soon we may be hearing rumblings about Jerry Brown having to send in the national guard. Three clips for you here: The first two purport to be cell-phone video taken after the shooting in Oakland today. The cameraman says the dispute was over marijuana. The third, via Breitbart TV, comes from San Diego, not Oakland, but it’s a nice, short encapsulation of what seems to be the basic attitude at these things. Content warning.

Update: Confirmed: The victim in Oakland has died.

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Just read that Obama’s buddy, multimillionaire Jay-Z, just started selling Occupy All Streets T-shirts.

Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. ‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street.

saint kansas on November 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Oakland is already incredibly violent. Statistically I’m surprised this hadn’t happened there earlier. Although it certainly does help display the horrific conditions in today’s urban environments. Good thing the job creators are in there helping… Oh wait

Rainsford on November 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Wonder what the LSM “expose” on this incident will be covered (if at all)?

Something about how the division of haves and have nots have disenfranchised, alienated, blah blah blah and the effect on the (insert psychobabble here) on “average Americans” leading to (insert Leftist sociology buzzwords here).

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Occupy Atlanta has been found positive for Tuberculosis (TB). TB = COMMUNICABLE, POTENTIALLY FATAL DISEASE. Obama was so keen on flu shots; why is Occupy Atlanta still open?

The Occupy Movement in now a danger to public health; it needs to be shut down now.

Mutnodjmet on November 11, 2011 at 12:55 PM

“Occupiers” are full of hate, rage, and self entitlement. Not a good combination, but typical for liberals.

jaime on November 11, 2011 at 1:04 AM

One of my favorite quotes is from (of all places) A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens. The ghost of Christmas present opens his robe to reveal two sickly children “want” and “ignorance” and he says, “beware, for upon their brow is written the word DOOM!”

Very true statement if there ever was, you have these occupy protesters that want everything handed to them without working for it. In addition they are extremely ignorant of the ways of the world and how life works in general and that is a recipe for disaster!

Liberty or Death on November 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

..what a mouth on that women in the last part of the third clip — she fellate camels with that mouth?

The War Planner on November 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM

You ever shoot somebody……on weed?!

Hard Right on November 11, 2011 at 2:23 PM

This is insane. Why are these mayors and politicians humoring these degenerates? At OUR EXPENSE! I’m tired of lawless politicians endorsing lawlessness. You try to have a tax protest and not pay taxes. See what these same dirtbag politicians do to you and your family. I’ve had it.

Iblis on November 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Should be interesting times here in Utah tonight. Guy was found dead in the local occupy camp, so the cops finally decided to clear the joint. Sunset tonight, everyone is either gone or arrested.

Wonder how peaceful that will be?

Vanceone on November 11, 2011 at 3:38 PM

All these Occupy killings and deaths are merely evolution in action.

Old Country Boy on November 11, 2011 at 9:15 PM

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