Yesterday afternoon I was putting the finishing touches on a story about security at Oakland’s high school basketball and football games when I got an email from our prep sports writer, Jimmy Durkin: Friday’s basketball game between Oakland High School and McClymonds was postponed, for safety reasons.
Part of the reason for the decision, I learned today, was an incident that happened at lunchtime yesterday, a couple of blocks from McClymonds. A car pulled up to a crowd of people in front of a convenience store on Market Street — it’s a popular lunch spot for students — and someone inside the car fired a shot.
No one was hit, according to OUSD Spokesman Troy Flint. But whoa.
Flint said the police want more time to get to the bottom of the shooting before holding a game. But there’s another home game scheduled for Tuesday, against Oakland Tech, so we’ll see what happens. Especially because of the fight that happened on the street after the Mack-Tech game, at Oakland Tech.
On another note: A letter about yesterday’s shooting near McClymonds was supposedly going to go home today, according to Flint. It’ll be the first official word to families about what happened. Do you think that’s soon enough? I know they don’t want to jeopardize the police investigation, put out false information, or get the district sued, but I still wonder. Flint did say the district plans to have an automatic phone and e-mail alert system in place by April; maybe that will help.
You can read more about the security at Oakland games in Sunday’s paper.