A large brawl prompted by a shooting at an East Oakland funeral this afternoon left two women injured and elicited a citywide police response, a police lieutenant said. The shooting was reported at 12:23 p.m. inside the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church at 988 85th Avenue. No one appears to have been hit by the gunfire.A funeral was being held at the church for Davante Riley, 18, who was shot and killed at a party at an apartment in the 2200 block of East 20th Street early the morning of April 18. Lt. Ersie Joyner said hundreds of people were attending the service and officers arrived to find a “huge melee” in the street. About 300 people were involved, some armed with guns. Joyner issued a citywide alert, which summoned all available on-duty officers to the area to deal with the crowd. He said emotions were running high but that the brawl eventually died down. Officer Holly Joshi said five people were arrested, including three on gun charges. Two were taken into custody after being chased down street while trying to run away. Two women were taken to hospitals, including a pregnant woman who was starting to have possible complications, Joyner said. The other woman may have been having an anxiety attack. A 16-year-old girl who declined to give her name said she was paying her respects to Riley, her friend, when gunfire broke out toward the end of the funeral service. “Everybody started shooting and I was just running for my safety,” she said. Panicked, she ran across the street to her aunt’s home and hid behind a fence. She appeared to be uninjured but was still shaken two hours after the shooting. The girl said she thinks the shooting was “very disrespectful” both to Riley and the people attending the service.The disturbance prompted the cancellation of an afternoon session at a Head Start program at the Tassafaronga center across the street. Joyner said there were gang members at the funeral, but that Riley’s family has maintained he was not involved in any gangs. A 15-year-old girl has been arrested and charged with Riley’s murder. Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Matt Golde said the shooting was unintentional but that he charged the girl with murder because he believes she acted recklessly in handling a gun at the party.Joshi said police are still assessing how many people were injured in today’s brawl. She said it is “very lucky” no one was hit by the gunfire.Police were able to respond quickly because many officers were already in the area for a daylong parole sweep. The street outside the church remained closed mid-afternoon.
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