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Firefighters duck as Oakland, CA firehouse riddled with bullets. No firefighters struck but man murdered in neighborhood.

Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle:

Firefighters had just returned to their station in East Oakland from a call  Tuesday night when they heard dozens of gunshots. A lieutenant remarked to a  cadet that when they hear gunfire like that, it usually means they’ll be  responding to an incident soon.

But seconds later, a bullet pierced a back window of Station 18 at 50th and  Bancroft avenues, whizzed down the length of a hook-and-ladder truck – right  where two firefighters had been standing – and exited through a front window  before lodging in an apartment building across the street.

A firefighter ducked behind a front wheel of a fire engine. Two threw  themselves under a desk in a nearby office, while a firefighter upstairs “could  hear the bullet zinging, and that’s when she ducked,” said Battalion Chief Emon  Usher.

Amy Hollyfield, KGO-TV:

“They dove underneath the fire engine, firefighters inside dove underneath the desk,” Battalion Chief Emon Usher said. “Upstairs they could hear the bullets zinging by.”

Bullets hit two window panes; one in the back garage door, and one in the front. They came from a murder in the 5000 block of Melrose Avenue. A 19-year-old was killed while attending a vigil just before 9 p.m.

“No firefighters were injured and the only thing that was damaged was the apparatus doors, so we were very fortunate last night,” Usher said.

ShotSpotter, the city’s gunfire-detection system, recorded at least 22 shots  during the Tuesday night incident.

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