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One man has been shot dead near the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

The shooting took place just before 5 p.m. local time near the BART station and multiple other shots were fired.

KTVU reports:

A KTVU cameraman witnessed the man collapse in front of the Tully's Coffee Shop at 14th Street and Broadway shortly before 5 p.m. KTVU reporter Janine de La Vega was in the area preparing to go live on the air when she said she heard several shots.

Emergency responders tried to resuscitate the victim, who was described as a black male, as he was being lifted into an ambulance.

The victim died shortly after, authorities said.

 

According to KTVU word has spread that members of the media may also be injured in an incident unrelated to the shooting.

Occupy Oakland protesters told the media that the shooting had nothing to do with the encampment and didn't involve any activists. Proteers surrounded the scene of the shooting and made  a human chain to keep photographers from filming the victim.

Barucha Peller, who is part of the Occupy Oakland encampment, said some of the first people to help the victim were medics from the camp.

She said the shooting happened next to the camp, not in it. "The only direct Occupy Oakland involvement was in order to provide emergency first-aid services," she said.

The BART station reopened roughly half an hour after the shooting.

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