OAKLAND, California – Shamara Young, 15, was identified Thursday by her mother as the Oakland girl who was shot and killed Wednesday night in a road rage incident, making her the 109th homicide victim of the year in the town of East Bay.
“She loved her family very much. She loved her little brothers and was very protective of them,” Young’s mother told police.
Her mom didn’t want her name used, but said her daughter was a great big sister.
“She always wanted to hug and kiss and choke me with attention,” she said.
Her mother described Shamara as “a real loving girl” and called the act of violence “senseless”.
“We have to come together and find out who did this,” she said.
In a video tweet posted by the Oakland Police Department, Shamara’s mother added, “It’s not called the snitch. It’s called protecting your town.”
The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near 51st and Bancroft avenues in East Oakland.
Shamara was in the car with his uncle when they were involved in a road rage incident, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told a news briefing on Thursday.
But Armstrong said an argument ensued between two cars and shots were fired into the vehicle Shamara was in. She was repeatedly beaten and taken to Highland Hospital by her uncle, where she later died.
Authorities have little information on a possible suspect, but have described the suspicious vehicle as an Acura. We didn’t know what had sparked the argument. Armstrong described it as a “dialogue,” which escalated into a verbal argument, which then led to several gunshots in the car.
The murder brings the number of homicides in Oakland so far this year to 109, the city’s total number of murders in 2020, including justifiable homicides.
“We can’t stop our outing,” Armstrong said, later adding, “It’s not just a police issue. Violence is a community issue.”
Armstrong became moved as he reflected on the 15-year-old’s death as he has two daughters of his own.
He began the briefing, as usual, with a minute of silence to honor the city’s homicide victims this year.
“How many times do we have to yell at you? How many times do we have to say that we are in a moment of crisis?” Armstrong questioned.
Earlier this week, police were investigating the homicide of a local activist and another shootout that killed a woman in East Oakland.
Shamara Young, identified by her mother as the 15-year-old girl killed in a shooting in Oakland.