Man arrested for unprovoked deadly Oakland shooting

Oakland police have arrested a man they say walked down a street, screaming that he was going to shoot someone, then killed a man in an unprovoked attack and fired on firefighters.

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1/22/2022 4:20:00 PM

Oakland police have arrested a man they say walked down a street, screaming that he was going to shoot someone, then killed a man in an unprovoked attack and fired on firefighters.

Oakland police have arrested a man they say walked down a street, screaming that he was going to shoot someone, then killed a man in an unprovoked attack and fired on firefighters.

arrestedThursday night after the killing on the 1400 block of Center Street in West Oakland. Police say he was spotted walking down a street with a gun in his hand shortly before 38-year-old Ronald Sanders was killed. Hobdy then allegedly opened fire on a vehicle with two firefighters inside. They weren't hurt. Police arrested Hobdy about an hour later when he walked into a nearby business.

Hobdy, who has a prior manslaughter conviction, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. SEE ALSO:The community organized a vigil to be held Friday evening at 6 p.m. for those impacted by the violence. Family members and community leaders were expected to speak at the scene of the crime. 

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Police say 50-year-old William Hobdy was arrested Thursday night after the killing on the 1400 block of Center Street in West Oakland.  Police say he was spotted walking down a street with a gun in his hand shortly before 38-year-old Ronald Sanders was killed.  Hobdy then allegedly opened fire on a vehicle with two firefighters inside. They weren't hurt. Police arrested Hobdy about an hour later when he walked into a nearby business. Hobdy, who has a prior manslaughter conviction, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.  SEE ALSO: The community organized a vigil to be held Friday evening at 6 p.m. for those impacted by the violence. Family members and community leaders were expected to speak at the scene of the crime.  KTVU contributed to this report.  Advertisement