Police raid home after gun battle in East Oakland

January 6, 2011 3:19:44 PM PST
Police raided a house after a gun battle in East Oakland. Some of the bullets went right into a house where six people live.

About 7:00 Thursday morning Oakland police, with their guns drawn, served a search warrant on a house on the 9400 block of E Street. It's just a few blocks from the area where six people were shot Tuesday night.

"Is this tied to the shooting of six people earlier this week?" asked ABC7's Terry McSweeney.

"Not that we know of. We're investigating violence and gun possession, but we don't have anything specifically tied to it," said Oakland police Sgt. Tim Nolan.

"This is crazy. I don't even deserve this. I don't even know why people act like this. And then it is always innocent bystanders, my son could have been a statistic last night," said Latanya Ashley.

It all began about 11 Wednesday night a half a block away when bullets ripped through the walls at Latanya Ashley's house. Her fiancée was on the floor, playing with their 2-year-old son Jaden.

"It was a muffled like sound. I saw dust particles fly and I said 'someone is shooting.' So I grabbed him and laid on top of him. If I would have been standing up, I believe it would have been me," said Latanya Ashley's fiancée.

"You would have been killed?" asked McSweeney.

"Yeah I think so," said Ashley's fiancée.

The family's SUV was also hit by bullets; one went through the headrest on the passenger side. Latanya Ashley says police removed some evidence but didn't get it all.

Down the street where the raid took place, police removed two rifles and narcotics. Two people were arrested and police say more arrests are expected.

Latanya Ashley and her family spent part of the morning on Craigslist, looking for some other neighborhood to live.

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