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Police are investigating a shooting early Wednesday afternoon that left two people dead in East Oakland, officials said.

The shooting was reported at 12:47 p.m. in the 1900 block of 84th Avenue.

Three people were shot, two fatally, according to police press briefing around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday’s homicides mark the 77th and 78th homicides in Oakland this year.

Oakland police Lt. LeRonne Armstrong said during the press conference:

“But these aren’t just numbers. These are people. These are people from our community that have lost their lives to senseless violence. This is a community that’s dealing with trauma.”

Police believe the shooting was the result of a confrontation between a group of individuals, Armstrong said.

The victims’ identities have yet to be released.

Armstrong said that in a separate incident Tuesday night, 60 rounds were fired in a residential neighborhood just three blocks from the scene of Wednesday’s shooting.

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