Oakland Artist Shot Dead While Creating Public Peace Mural (Video)

Mural, Oakland artist shot dead

*On Tuesday, while creating a mural sponsored by a peace group in Oakland, California, an artist was shot to death.

The mural was suppose to help curb gun violence in the neighborhood.

It happened beneath a highway underpass when the artist and the shooter got into an argument around 10:30 a.m. Authorities say the painting that the artist was working on was called “Self as Superhero.”  And the project was a collaboration between West Oakland middle school students and area muralists.

Students were scheduled to work with artists at the site on Wednesday.

The gunman, who fled the scene after the shooting, remains at large. Other than describing the victim as an adult man, police have not released his name.

No description was made about the shooter.

“All they were doing was painting, trying to beautify a neighborhood that has seen its challenges,” Oakland police Lt. Roland Holmgren told the Oakland Tribune.

The West Oakland area where the shooting took place – beneath Interstate 580 on West Street – is well-known for violence. And the recent rapid changes from gentrification has only escalated the problem.

Oakland has had 71 homicides in 2015, compared to 56 at this point in 2014.

According to plans, a 4,000-square foot mural was set to be created and work done to this point show children on an a tree-lined street of homes, according to the Oakland Tribune.

This work was supposed to be the third in a series of six murals by the Attitudinal Healing Connection.

“The murals serve as a constant reminder of the importance of dreaming big,” says a description on a fundraising site. “Its long-term impact on our youth and community is something Oakland can celebrate.”

The online fundraising campaign underway before the shooting sought to raise $10,000 for supplies and some compensation for the artists working with the middle schoolers.

Learn about the art project in the video below.


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