Bullet fragments injure 4 A’s fans

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Four fans were injured by bullet fragments fired from outside the Coliseum while attending a pyrotechnic display after the July 4 baseball game, police and the Oakland Athletics said.

None of the injuries were life-threatening to fans, officials and the club said Tuesday.

The Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1. Since the juice lasted a mere 2 hours and 27 minutes, it wasn’t dark enough for the fireworks show to start.

Thus, spectators were not allowed onto the field of play until after 9 pm local time. The park registered the highest attendance of fans so far this season, with 24,403.

“The Oakland Police Department (OPD) is investigating firearm-related injuries that occurred on July 4, 2022, after 9:30 p.m.,” authorities and the A’s said in a joint statement.

Police were originally notified of a possible shooting victim inside the park. Agents later located the three fans struck by bullet fragments, “following what appeared to be celebratory shots fired in the city of Oakland,” the statement said.

Another victim made his own way to a hospital.

“I think if it wasn’t July 4, we would have been more alarmed. Ever since I can remember, when I was a kid, it’s never been very safe to be outside on the 4th of July, but people tend to do things that are not normal,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said Tuesday. the night, before the series resumed. “That shooting guns in the air to celebrate is really unfortunate. It happened here at the Coliseum and now we have people injured.”

An investigation was opened, and Oakland authorities offered a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

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