Oakland police are investigating the shooting of at least eight people, including a 1-year-old boy, during the filming of a rap music video.
The boy was in critical condition after being shot in the head Monday night, and an adult also was in critical condition with unspecified injuries, police told the Oakland Tribune. Other victims were in stable condition Tuesday.
The shooting occurred in a liquor store parking lot, where dozens of people had gathered, possibly for a taping by Oakland rapper Kafani. Officials said he was at the scene but unhurt, although Kafani, on his Twitter account, contested that report.
“News reports wrong I did not shoot a video today,” he tweeted. He later added, “Just cuz a promo van with my picture on it there don’t make me there!!!! I drive a bentley not a promo van!! pray for my lil cuz thx.”
Police say that an argument broke out and bullets flew, striking the rapper’s van and littering the parking lot with at least 50 shells.
It was unclear Monday night where the victims were located during the shooting, but police said more than one shooter was involved.
Police were searching for a dark-colored Buick occupied by three teenagers and a man in his 30s.