Community mourns loss of toddler who died after being shot on 880


The community is mourning the loss of a 23-month-old boy who was killed Sunday afternoon by a stray bullet on Interstate 880 in Oakland while his mother was at the wheel and he slept in his car seat. 

The victim whose family identified him as Jasper Wu sustained a gunshot wound and was rushed to Oakland Children's Hospital. The California Highway Patrol said Saturday evening that the child later died from the gunshot wound.

Community activists held a vigil Monday night in memory of the boy at 6th and Market streets right under the freeway where he died.

"This is just too much," Leanne Louie, founder of United Peace Collaborative, told KTVU. "Enough is enough. Everyone's got to stop, step back and look at what's happening to our community right now."

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the Oakland Police Department and CHP are working together to track down the shooter or shooters involved.

"To lose a 23-month-old to gun violence is as heart-wrenching and as sickening as it gets," Schaaf wrote on Twitter. "As a mother and as a mayor, I’m devastated by the totality of human loss and trauma caused by gun violence in our society."

The Oakland Police Officer's Association said in statement Monday that despite the city's violent crime wave, the department is shrinking in size, losing about 10 officers a month. The city has seen 119 homicides so far this year, compared to 109 in all of last year.

“Oakland’s sad reality has become back-to-back violent tragedies. First, a mass shooting and murder Friday, an innocent toddler murdered on Saturday, followed by another murder that evening. No wonder Oakland’s Chamber of Commerce poll found that more than 2 in 3 Oakland voters do not feel safe.* This reality was created by the “defund the police” majority on the city council, who have abandoned public safety in Oakland.” said Oakland Police Officers' Association President Barry Donelan. 

The California Highway Patrol held a news conference Monday and CHP Capt. Mike Lehman encouraged the public to come forward with any information they have on the shooting.

Lehman provided no new information about the incident and declined to answer questions from reporters about it, saying he could not comment on an ongoing investigation.

Lehman did not challenge a reporter's statement that there have been 76 shootings recorded on highways in Oakland in the past 12 months, but he insisted the public should feel safe driving on highways in the city.

When pressed by that same reporter about why people should feel safe given the statistics, Lehman said, "The reason you should feel safe are the chances of this happening are not high."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to please call the CHP Investigation Tip Line at (707) 917-4491.

Bay City News contributed to this story.