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Gang Member Oliver Barcenas Shot by Police

Oliver BarcenasGang Member Oliver Barcenas Shot by Police - Just after 8:00p.m. on Thursday, September 20th, San Francisco plainclothes police had a hostile encounter with two armed gang members, resulting in a shootout that injured one of the gang members.

Oliver Barcenas of Richmond, 22, and one other individual were identified by the two police officers as members of a gang. When approached, Barcenas and the other individual ran. When followed, Barcenas pulled a Tec-9 automatic pistol loaded with a 25 round clip and aimed it at the officers in a threatening manner. After failing to respond to an order to drop the weapon, he was shot twice and sent to a local hospital.

The injuries received by Barcenas in this encounter were non-lethal, and he is currently making a recovery. He faces several serious charges, including: Being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a banned assault weapon, participating in a criminal street gang, and aggravated assault on an officer of the law with an assault weapon.

According to a press report on the 25th, Barcenas was on his way to avenge the killing of Jesus Solis, 20, that took place earlier that week. Barcenas was, at the time of his arrest, on parole for the wounding of a 15-year-old bystander in a gang-related shooting.

Soon after the Thursday shooting, the Mission Police Station was mobbed with protesters that taunted police and wrote "killers" on the outside of the station in response to what was likely perceived as use of excessive force. No violent conflict has broken out because of these protests.

Supervisor David Campos of the SFPD held a meeting on the 24th to discuss the recent gun violence in the Mission area, and to help listeners understand why police fired upon and injured Barcenas. Hopefully, the release of this information will assuage the concerns of the protesters.

(Sources: SF Gate, Mercury News, UT San Diego)

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Gang Members Indicted in Murder of Toddler

Hiram LawrenceThree alleged Acorn gang members have been indicted by a federal grand jury for assault, weapons violations, racketeering, and murder.

Dionte Houff (32) and Houstan Nathaniel III (23) were two of the individuals connected to the attack that occurred during the filming of a rap music video.

They have been accused of firing upon a crowd of people in west Oakland, November the 28th. A toddler, Hiram Lawrence, was shot in the head and taken off life support in December.

Hiram's alleged assailant, 16 year old Frederick Coleman, is being charged as an adult in Alameda County.

Six people, including the toddler's father, were injured in the shooting.

(Source: Sacramento Bee)


Paratransit Driver Charged with Murder of Hell’s Angel in San Leandro

Eddie HallHAYWARD -- Eddie Hall of Oakland, accused of using a paratransit van to run over Hells Angels biker, George Lopez Jr., was charged with murder and three other felonies on Tuesday.  Hall, 31, also is facing one count each of attempted murder and hit-and-run with death or injury, police said.

In addition, Hall was charged with attempted escape from a city facility because police said he tried to run out of the San Leandro police station Saturday as detectives interviewed him.

"The door in our interview room was open briefly and he darted out and into our offices, but he was quickly captured." police said.

Hall was driving an East Bay Paratransit van when he is accused of intentionally hitting George Lopez Jr., 51, of Stockton, as he and five to seven other bikers were heading eastbound on Interstate 580 about 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct 22.

Lopez was thrown from the motorcycle and run over by the van. He was then dragged for more than a mile before Hall pulled onto the shoulder of the freeway. Lopez was treated at the scene before he was taken by helicopter to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he was pronounced dead.
Hall attempted to flee, but was quickly captured. Based on evidence and witnesses statements, Hall intentionally changed lanes and rammed into the motorcyclist, according to police.

Hall is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

(Source: Mercury News)


Triple Murder in San Leandro – “Person of Interest” Sketch

Person of Interest San Leandro ShootingThree people were killed and three others injured in a shooting spree outside a party in an industrial area of San Leandro early Sunday morning.

Police responded to the corner of Alvarado Street and Aladdin Avenue based on a 911 call that shots had been fired in the area, according to a police spokesman. When officers arrived, they discovered that six people had been shot shortly after the party let out. Three were pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased were a 19-year-old San Francisco woman, her 16-year-old friend and a 20-year-old Oakland man.

Two of the injured were taken to a hospital by ambulance and another wounded man drove himself there. Police did not yet know the severity of their injuries.

The party was held in a warehouse or office space and was advertised online. Police are still trying to track down the owners of the business park where the shooting happened, to see who rented the building out.

According to Twitter users, the party was an "Inked up" tattoo event at 661 Alvarado St. Witnesses said after the party ended they were approached by at least two gunmen who opened fire.

By Monday San Leandro Police  released a sketch of a man in a hoodie who they say is a "person of interest" in the shooting. A Police Department spokesman stopped short of calling the man a suspect.

Police described the man as a black male with a light complexion, about five-foot-seven inches tall and weighing an estimated 150 pounds. He is thought to be between the ages of 18 to 21.
Police said he has black hair in dreadlocks with gold tips that extend just below the shoulders. He has a thin mustache and a goatee, and wears upper and lower gold teeth with canines and diamonds.

The city's anonymous tip line is (510) 577-3278.

(Source: Patch 1 2)