A person who intervened when their neighbor's car was being targeted by catalytic converter thieves was shot at Thursday, the Oakland Police Department said.
Officers are investigating the shooting that occurred at 1 p.m. on the 4000 block of Coolidge Avenue in the Oakland Hills.
Police said that when officers arrived, they learned that a victim observed two individuals attempting to take a catalytic converter from a vehicle. When the victim proceeded to interrupt the theft, one of the suspects produced a firearm and shot at the victim. The victim was not struck or physically injured. The individuals fled the area following the shooting.
The incident comes after San Francisco police officers were shot at when intervening in a catalytic converter theft on Jan. 17.
Woman on driver’s side of stolen red Hyundai Elantra fires shot at neighbor who interrupted broad-daylight catalytic-converter theft from this Prius near Coolidge & Alida. No one hurt. “I mean, it’s just so brazen. We have no protection,” Prius owner tells me. @oaklandpoliceca pic.twitter.com/qCXqQMKOOs— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) January 27, 2023
KTVU's Henry K. Lee reported that the suspects shot at the targeted car owner's neighbor when they intervened during the theft.
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