Oakland Police Chief on the set of a youth football game

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — On Monday, Oakland’s police chief had harsh words for those who opened fire at an Oakland Tech youth football game and announced a plan for the events to come there.

“It’s a kids’ peewee football game. Only small children learn to be active and play together and adults choose to bring firearms into this environment,” said Chief Armstrong. Chief Armstrong said he was in touch with the Dynamite team coach about adding security.

“It makes no sense that you need a policeman on a pitch just so the kids can practice and play football, but that’s what we need to do to protect our kids so they know that we are not going to allow these people, these individuals who bring firearms into this environment to get away with and prevent these young people from participating in these activities,” Chief Armstrong said.

Chief Armstrong explained that this is the second time the department will bring officers onto the field for games and practices. A year ago, a shooting in a practice killed one person.

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“We still have young people still going through counseling services and now we need to go back and provide more support and services to young people,” Chief Armstrong said.

Three people were shot dead on Sunday, including a six-year-old girl, according to the prefect of police. “This morning we were out there looking for video canvassing the area, going door to door,” Chief Armstrong said.

There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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