Police Continue Investigation Of Gang-Related Shooting

Authorities are working on collecting more information about a shooting that injured a Newark man Friday night.

Police closed off Olive Street Saturday night as part of an ongoing investigation of a Friday night shooting that injured a 25-year-old Newark man.

Members of the Southern Alameda Major Crimes Task Force and the Newark-Union City SWAT Team began searching the 37000 block of Olive Street around 6:30 p.m. with an objective to gather evidence and information about the shooting, said Commander Tom Milner of the Newark Police Department.

The shooting is said to be gang related, Milner said.

"This is still an active, fluid incident," Milner said. "[We're] trying to identify those who were possibly involved in the shooting incident and searching for witnesses.

Saturday night's operation comes after officers responded the 37200 block of Olive Street around 11:11 p.m. on Friday after reports of multiple shots being fired, according to a report from The Argus.

Upon arrival, police found that a 25-year-old Newark man had sustained minor injuries after the shots were fired at his home, the report states.

Milner said that the man was treated at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Individuals with information on Friday night's shooting is asked to contact Newark police at 510-477-1700. Anonymous tips can be called into the Newark Police Department's Silent Witness hotline at 510-578-4000, ext. 500.

Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 08:31 AM
No, LARA doesn't pay for all of it. Have you looked at what the city is paying to replace the "seawall" at the Lake? The Lake does benefit unfairly - but the stupid voters keep electing all of their representation from the Lake. Ana grew up there, Sucy lives there, and on and on and on.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 08:37 AM
No one is calling low income people too lazy to work. What concerns us is that Newark is subsidizing people who don't want to work by building low income housing. Senior housing is one thing; housing aimed at attracting low income families to an area that is already low income isn't going to help. Newark needs some higher income people who will actually be able to pay some property taxes and participate in improving the schools. We have a nice PhD and an ABD who recently moved into our neighborhood - and they are already discussing leaving because of the gangs and drugs. They don't want the child they are planning to grow up in the Newark Way. Oh, and I am definitely NOT a hoity toity society member. I paid for my own education because my German Lutheran father considered educating girls a waste of money since *he* wouldn't benefit from it. When I asked for help for college, his one and only comment was "what is in it for me?" I'd suggest life would be more peaceful in California overall if we had a youth curfew, adequate street lights, parole searches, and a gang graffiti removal team that spent more time out of the Lake - although I am very grateful to Ms. Drew for her assistance in removing the graffiti that had celebrated birthdays. People in my neighborhood have been painting it over themselves - although we were all told that to do so would be "vandalism." And the City Council should grow a pair and admit we have a problem instead of ignoring it.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 08:39 AM
How about 4H? I'd love to organize a 4H poultry club; but Newark won't let a family have more than two hens. Which is stupid because it takes a lot of hens to equal the waste output of one dog or cat - and they are much quieter than the yowling Thomas Cats or the barking dogs.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 08:40 AM
4H Poultry is very big in Menlo Park, Fremont, and is growing in Palo Alto. Obviously our city council's delusion that "farm animals lower property value" hasn't been noticed in Menlo Park or PA.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 08:44 AM
There are a lot of mighty fine people living in East Oakland, too. Unfortunately, the gangsters ruin it for everyone. I have some very fine friends in the Muslim community from Richmond and Oakland - and they think the gangs ruin it for everyone else in the area. The police need to tell people about these incidents because many times they result in reprisals, and innocent people, like the two babies in Oakland, die in those reprisals since gangster just shoot randomly and could give a squirrel's squinch if they kill bystanders. So people need to know so they can be alert to signs of trouble. Or I guess we can live in denial and talk about what "mighty fine" people live in Newark until someone kills a two year old - and then we'll just continue in denial, right?
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 08:47 AM
The problem is a lot of people do not trust the police enough to participate in Neighborhood Watch because there is no communication. Would you want to join Neighborhood Watch if gang reprisals were going on in your neighborhood and the police didn't tell you? Yeah, stick up your head and get it cut off while Officer Friendly is busy not telling you that trouble may be coming. Better to do what we're doing and get out of Dodge as soon as possible.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 08:49 AM
Maria, are you saying it isn't a "gang problem" when people shoot into houses trying to kill other people? Are you suggesting that Mr. or Ms. Average Citizen does that sort of thing, and it is only a "disturbance?" This place seems to have more daily weirdness than Portland, OR or Seattle, WA.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Given that the federal government has been threatening to sieze the property of the landlords that rent to the cannabis dispensaries; and given that federal prosecution is a possibility for city leaders that permit cannabis dispensaries, they didn't really have an option. Newark can't afford to pay for defense lawyers, fines, and what nots for the city leadership if the federal prosecutors decide to go after them. Don't blame me; I didn't vote for Obama nor for McCain.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 10:24 AM
It's not just baby boomer parents. We have a problem with families who are intergenerational gang members. Here's the thing to remember. When someone tried to steal a wallet from a jogger at Lake Park there were immediate warnings posted all around the park and police activity in the area increased. When gangsters try to mark territory in the Lake District; the graffiti abatement people remove it the next weekend. People in the Lake make it clear they don't want crime. What happens in the rest of Newark? When someone points out that we don't need high density low income housing in a neighborhood, people become offended because they think that is somehow discriminating against the poor. They don't care if their neighborhood is suddenly overrun by unsupervised adolescents who have no place to play in the high density area because their pride is hurt because they feel that they are low income and agree with the wealthy that all low income people are the same - and therefore it doesn't matter what the background of a low income person is because all of them tolerate crime and violence and don't mind importing more. Then there are the professional ethnics who see every gangster as a victim of society. They tend to be either criminals themselves or romantic affluent liberals. They always manage to scream "racist" at the top of their lungs while ignoring the fact that most of the innocent victims of gangsters are members of the same ethnic groups as the gangsters.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM
There is a serious difference between a project designed for very low income families, usually single parent households, and a project designed for low income seniors. Study after study has found that placing low income families in high density housing leads to violence. Ever read about the projects in NYC or Chicago? Some have even been demolished because the crime level was so bad - but no one cared until the criminals figured out that victims on Lake Shore Drive or Central Park West had more goodies than in the nearby working class areas. Then the violence in the projects and surrounding working class neighborhoods was addressed - but only because it spilled over. What I really love is what did the candidates who ran offer to the voters? Sucy promised everyone the "American Dream?" Can anyone tell me how she intends to implement that idea? Mr. Nagy promised us more of the same which means more middle class riots in Newark - middle class people riot by taking their incomes and businesses somewhere else and turning their unsellable properties into by the room rentals.
Nadja Adolf December 19, 2011 at 10:30 AM
The reality is that as long as people dismiss a gang shooting as a "disturbance" and excuse it because "it might happen anywhere" the city leaders view this as proof that all of us stupid poor folks really don't care about crime and violence because it is part of our culture and they needn't concern their heads with it because we obviously like to live this way.
AJB December 19, 2011 at 05:52 PM
I think replacing a seawall is an engineering problem outside the scope of maintenance and certainly a safety issue that needs to be addressed. Don't turn this into a battle between the Lake and the rest of the city-we all have a vested interest in the welfare of the city.
AJB December 19, 2011 at 06:00 PM
I think 4H is a great idea and I think poultry fits well with the suburban environment here. I thought the rule was 4 hens, no roosters-or am I thinking about something else? I have friends who's kids are really into poultry-they live near Modesto-and I know their chickens have no negative impact on their neighborhood.
Brash Brazen December 19, 2011 at 06:48 PM
City Council members never comment,but the losers go on & on ! It's too bad Rick & Nadja couldn't muster more support,then we wouldn't have to read their prejudicial rhetoric on a daily basis. The people have spoken ! They weren't joking ! Your ideas rejected ! Your bias detected ! By all of us who keep tokin' ! Legalized marijuana was supported by 45% of Newark voters,yet Rick & Nadja each managed to finish dead last in consecutive elections. The only question now is which one is more out of touch with the majority of their neighbors. Please keep these facts in mind when reading their absurd,ill-conceived comments. This is the only forum available to them now & as an advocate of free speech I enjoy their diatribes solely for the entertainment they provide. While they use the term "low income" to disparage the working poor in our community,I'll take "low income" over "low class" anytime ! Every city has to provide a certain percentage of "low income" housing,that's the law. Complaining about the inevitable is divisive & serves no purpose other than to stir up hatred & bigotry toward those less fortunate. "What's so funny about peace,love & understanding ?" - Elvis Costello
Nadja Adolf December 20, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Sorry, but for many of us the favorable treatment given the Lake sticks in our craw. The "seawall" at the Lake isn't a hazard. The Lake gets a new Seawall, and all three parks in NW Newark were slated for closure. The Lake never faces redevelopment; we are threatened with afforedable "medium" density housing less than three blocks away. All of Old Town was scheduled to be torn out for redevelopment.Those issues are what made me pay attention to city issues. When we called the police, they tried to equate drug dealing down the street with our three inch spill of mulch. When we called after my husband was threatened with a beating they wouldn't take a report - they told him to go to HQ during "business hours." I suspect if someone insists that they intend to physically attack someone in the Lake district that they wouldn't refuse to take a report and tell us we all need to get along because "you have to live here." Then there was the time I was naively driving down Haley Street to get to the Raley's and there was a roadblock. When I asked the orifice who stopped me, he became rude, aggressive, and demanded to know who I was. I told him I lived here, didn't profer ID and he backed down after blustering. I think some officers are corrupt. When spilled mulch is equated with drug dealing, it means they are either on the take or they aren't interested in doing the job.
Nadja Adolf December 20, 2011 at 01:16 AM
You're thinking of the rules in a number of Bay Area cities; Newark has what is referred to as a "Noah's Ark rule" on pets. No more than two of anything.
Nadja Adolf December 20, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Mona, do you really think that Rick - or anyone else that I know - is going to run down to scene of a gang shooting? Are there really people that stupid? They want to become a hostage or be murdered? I can hear the conversation now. Person A: "Hey, there was a gang shooting at X" Person B: "Hey, let's go over there and see what is going on!" Person C: "Yeah, maybe the fugitive is still in the area and will take me hostage!" Person D: "You get to be hostage only if I don't get shot first!" Person A: "I claim shotgun."
Nadja Adolf December 20, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Guess what? Many cities ignore the law or arrange to have the "low income" housing for service workers in other towns - towns like Newark. Glad to hear the rich white person talk about how when poor people express unhappiness about being exposed to greater risks that we're being divisive, and it is inevitable that our neighborhoods are destroyed. Don't forget to wash your sheets after you get back from cross burning; we can smell the stench over her where we poor people live.
James December 20, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Nadja that's what Kevlar Vests are for@ showing up to spectate.
Brash Brazen December 20, 2011 at 01:51 AM
I'm certainly no cross-burning inbred pious redneck bigot,hell even my sheets are muslin !
Nadja Adolf December 20, 2011 at 06:52 AM
Funny. Could have fooled us, Oh Great White Bwana of the Upper 5%. Who else suggests it is "divisive" when poor people express concern about having their lives endangered and their property values destroyed while remaining dead silent on the notion that some of the available space near the Lake District could be used for that ever so desirable low income and mixed use housing? Wouldn't want to upset the rich folks in the high end housing, would you? They are the ones who hired you, eh?
Nadja Adolf December 20, 2011 at 06:56 AM
Give it up. I'm light, darn near white, but not quite, as we used to say on the res. Do keep attacking the low income folks; people need to be reminded as to just what the local city hierarchy really thinks of the rest of us. B^)
Nadja Adolf December 20, 2011 at 06:58 AM
Yeah, We have a PhD and an ABD who recently moved in and are already ready to get out of Dodge. It is amazing the impression the Newark Way makes on educated, middle class newcomers of all creeds and colors.
Janet Zutler December 20, 2011 at 07:34 AM
Wow. Everyone stressed out from Christmas shopping or what?
AJB December 20, 2011 at 06:32 PM
I get what you're saying. I used to live off of Haley St-and I can tell you that our experience with the police was-well let's just say unsatisfying and leave it at that. Something isn't quite right there. I hate to see neighborhoods pitted against each other-I don't think it helps with the larger problems the city is facing. I will say that the way the streets and freeways are laid out, it is possible to live in the Lake neighborhood and never see the western part of the city-I can go for days without having to cross Newark Blvd. I think that creates a certain disconnect with the rest of Newark. I don't think it's intentional-I think people just don't think too much about it.
jerry December 21, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Chill out Nadja, your hatred is showing, go smoke one of those joints you and your friends were crying about when Newark close those so called Medical dispensarys.
jerry December 21, 2011 at 04:29 AM
No just more class warfare by Nadja and her friends and a little bigotry thrown in for good measure. S he is still upset that she didn't get elected when she ran and she is attacking like a rabid animal.
Tara Adams December 21, 2011 at 07:25 PM
I am kind of offended about the comments toward the low income housing. I agree that the lazy, non-working, living off the system find a way to take advantage by having no paper trail of income because perhaps they sell drugs to make a living and end up qualifying for low income housing. However I'm a 26 year old single mother, WHIT woman, with a professional job that just doesn't pay enough to afford a decent place to live, and support my child. I'm working on starting my own business and you know what? Sometimes we just need a little help, and that is what this housing is for. I am insulted and saddened by all of your ignorant comments.
Nadja Adolf December 21, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Yes, but do we need more than three hundred units of low income housing? Why are we agreeing to have the low income housing that San Mateo County has not zoned into their new county plan? I suspect, given that most of Newark is already low income housing, that we can accommodate every low income person in Newark in need with no more than one hundred units which should be different than the stark, barren, yard less and park less four and six story towers block sized towers with windowless bedrooms proposed for the toxic waste dump? Why not row houses with small private yards, so families and kids have a place to play other than tiny parks and other "communal areas" that are soon taken over by gangsters? Why is the low income housing being concentrated in one end of town? Why isn't some of it being located in the Lake? Why is it all in Area 2, Old Town, and along Newark Blvd? It has already been demonstrated, over and over, by both sociologists and urban planners, that moving lower income residents into established lower to lower middle income areas causes a rapid degradation of the area. Don't take my word for it; read the research. Low income housing placed in high income areas does not have this effect; especially when it is spread out through the area.
Tara Adams December 21, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Do you know of a place in the lake Area that has room for low-income housing? No, there's alot more open land on the other side of town. And lets be real, people that live in the Lake Area probably don't want affordable housing near them, which is understandable.Most of Newark is NOT affordable housing. I know this because I've been trying to get a place here, and it has NOT been affordable.


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