View Full Version : More on the Pizza Shooting

04-25-2007, 5:36 AM

Okay I know news of this story has already been posted, just read the bolded area. Just upsetting.

(04-20) 12:08 PDT OAKLAND -- The owner of an East Oakland pizza parlor shot and killed a robbery suspect - and accidentally shot his own son as well -- when three men tried to rob them at gunpoint, police said today.

Three men entered Coliseum Pizza at 8999 International Blvd. shortly after 9:30 p.m. Thursday and demanded money, police said. The owner of the restaurant pulled out a weapon and opened fire, hitting one of the assailants, Allen Hicks III, 22, police said.

Hicks died at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

During the chaos, the pizzeria owner, whose name wasn't released, accidentally shot his 17-year-old son, said Officer Roland Holmgren, Oakland police spokesman.

The son was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds that were not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

The other two suspects escaped without any money, Holmgren said.

Alameda County prosecutors are reviewing the case to see if any criminal charges will be filed against the pizza-store owner. But a preliminary investigation showed that he was defending his business and his family, Holmgren said.

"There is definitely a balance," Holmgren said. "This thing had potential -- who knows where the suspects were going to take the situation. But by no stretch of the imagination are we agreeing with or justifying what the owner did."

Holmgren said, "We're not saying that we want citizens to go out there and arm themselves and take the law into their own hands. We want citizens to be good witnesses, to be good report-takers and to identify suspects."

The shooting has left two families traumatized, Holmgren said. "There are no winners in this whole case."

In a separate shooting Thursday night, three suspected gang members or gang associates were shot and wounded when gunfire broke out near 86th Avenue and G Street in East Oakland, 10 minutes after the pizzeria shooting and just six blocks away, police said.

Two victims were shot in the leg and the third was hit in the stomach, police said. All three were expected to survive, authorities said.

At about 4 a.m. today, a man was found dead in a car that had been set on fire near 18th and Wood streets in West Oakland, Holmgren said. That slaying brings the number of homicides in Oakland so far this year to 30.

04-25-2007, 5:41 AM
Moderators, Delete this post, I just read the other one, and someone already quoted that article. My bad. Didnt read more on that post.

04-25-2007, 7:27 AM
dont worry about it, they re-hashed an old quote from a different article into a new article.