Police responded to a call on the evening of March 6 from a resident who reported several gunshots fired outside her house during a neighbor’s party.
“My husband and I arrived home just after midnight and found a party going on at our neighbor’s house across the street,” said the resident, who requested anonymity. “There were some teens hanging out in front of our house and my husband said it was OK if they stayed there as long as they kept the noise down. Just as we went inside, we heard gunshots. A car drove by and shot at the kids in front of our house and they (the teens) shot back. It was very frightening.”
Oakley Chief of Police Chris Thorsen said units responded to the call and found three shell casings on the ground. Several individuals were contacted but none were tied to the incident. Calls were also made to area hospitals, but no gunshot wounds had been treated.
“We’re continuing to look into the incident and our guys are providing extra patrols to the area for the time being,” said Thorsen. “But it appears whoever fired the shots fired them into the air as we could not locate any bullet impacts in cars or homes. This is a normally quiet neighborhood and we believe this is most likely an isolated incident.”
The resident who called police agreed that the neighborhood is usually placid, although the house where the incident took place has a reputation as a party house.
“This is the first time there has been a shooting or anything like that,” she said. “But that house does have a lot of loud music and there have been fights in the street before, and we have found a lot of broken beer bottles.
“I think the police did a good job of responding, and they have encouraged us to keep calling (the police) with any problems. I think they did the best they could, but I wish they had been able to do more. This shouldn’t have gone so far.”
Those with information regarding the incident should call the Oakley Police Department at 925-625-8855.