OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — 4 baseball followers had been injured by bullet fragments from outdoors the Coliseum whereas attending a postgame July 4 fireworks present, Oakland Police and the workforce mentioned Tuesday.
Not one of the accidents had been life-threatening, police and the A’s mentioned.
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As a result of the A’s 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays lasted simply 2 hours, 27 minutes, it wasn’t but darkish sufficient for the fireworks present to start out. Followers from a season-high crowd of 24,403 had been allowed onto the enjoying subject simply after 9 p.m. native time.
“The Oakland Police Division (OPD) is investigating firearm-related accidents that occurred on July 4, 2022, after 9:30 p.m., within the 7000 block of Coliseum Means,” police and the A’s mentioned in a joint assertion.
Police initially had been notified of a potential taking pictures sufferer contained in the ballpark and officers situated three followers struck by bullet fragments “from what seems to be celebratory gunfire occurring all through town of Oakland,” the assertion mentioned. An extra sufferer walked right into a hospital.
“I believe if it wasn’t Fourth of July, it could be extra alarming. Any time throughout Fourth of July, I can bear in mind this rising up, it’s by no means protected however folks are likely to do issues that aren’t within the atypical,“ A’s supervisor Mark Kotsay mentioned earlier than the sequence resumed Tuesday night time. “That’s firing weapons within the air when it comes to celebration. It’s actually unlucky that we had that occur right here within the Coliseum and there have been folks injured. I do know we’ve reached out to these folks.”
An investigation is ongoing and Oakland Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland provided a reward as much as $20,000 for info resulting in an arrest or arrests.
Police reiterated their joint efforts with the A’s and the workforce’s safety to maintain everybody attending video games within the venue protected.
“From a security standpoint, I believe the Coliseum is a protected surroundings,” Kotsay mentioned. “It’s simply unlucky that on a vacation with the fireworks present that individuals had been injured.”