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Oakland: Innocent bystander walking dog at lake is badly wounded by gunfire

Oakland: Innocent bystander walking dog at lake is badly wounded by gunfire

OAKLAND — A woman was shot Monday afternoon as she walked her dog along the shore of Lake Merritt near Madison street and was struck by random gunfire aimed at a car driving by, Oakland police said.

Multiple people got out of a car and shot at a second vehicle traveling on Lakeside Drive, police said. The unidentified woman was hit at least once. She was taken to the hospital and was in critical but stable condition, according to police. Her dog was not injured.

Police technicians gather evidence at a shooting scene at the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Madison Street in downtown Oakland. Lake Merritt is visible in the background. (Harry Harris/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Police officers raced to the scene after receiving multiple calls of the reported gunfire. Both vehicles had already sped away.

Oakland police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the shooters.

People are asked to call the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.