The Oakland Police Department announced today it is working on a plan to address a spate of recent homicides, including four in a stretch of less than 30 hours.”We definitely care about it and we’re having meeting after meeting to address this issue,” police spokeswoman Holly Joshi said.She said, “We don’t want this to continue and we’re coming up with a plan to immediately address the violence.”The plan will be within the framework of a long-term strategy that Police Chief Anthony Batts is formulating to fight crime in Oakland, Joshi said.Batts recently increased his patrol staff by 30 officers by moving them from desk jobs to the streets in an effort to reduce the city’s crime rate. At a news conference on March 25, Batts said Oakland’s crime rate had decreased “significantly” this year, with crime declining by 38 percent in January compared to the same period last year and by 27 percent in February.Joshi said the recent spate of homicides bring the city’s total to 25 so far this year, compared to 27 at this time last year.In the most recent incident, a verbal dispute over a woman led one man to fatally shoot another man in the 1400 block of 79th Avenue at 10:36 p.m. Monday, according to Joshi. She said the 57-year-old suspect was taken into custody nearby, but she declined to disclose the name of the suspect or the victim.A few hours earlier, at 4:35 p.m., 21-year-old Ricky Pringle was fatally shot in the 9400 block of Coral Road.The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.On Sunday night, two men were killed and a teenage boy wounded in two separate shootings. Albert Williams, 35, was fatally shot about 8:20 p.m. in a car that was parked in a lot in the 1400 block of Jefferson Street, behind a liquor store and across the street from a hotel. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting.Three hours earlier, at 5:20 p.m., Jesus Adame, 18, and a 17-year-old friend were shot in the 1600 block of 14th Street in West Oakland.Adame died early Monday. His 17-year-old friend was hospitalized and he is expected to survive, Joshi said.
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