15-Year-Old Boy Who Was Fatally Shot Was High School Student

One in Custody After Person Killed in Morning Homicide

OAKLAND (BCN) — A 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot in East Oakland on Saturday morning was a sophomore at Fremont High School in Oakland, a school district spokesman said today.

Oakland police said Isaiah C. Smith was found suffering from a gunshot wound when officers responded to a reported shooting in the 5400 block of Trask Street just before noon on Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one has been arrested for the fatal shooting and police haven’t disclosed any information about suspects or motive.

Oakland schools spokesman Troy Flint said, “Everyone at the school is distraught that someone so young had his life taken from him so violently.”

Flint said the shooting that claimed Isaiah’s life “is not unheard of” in Oakland but he said, “It’s always agonizing to deal with the loss of life for a student so early.”

Flint said grief counselors have been at Fremont High School this week to help students deal with Isaiah’s death, especially those students who were close to him.

He said the continuing violence in the Oakland community “is an ongoing issue” that school district officials are trying to address, even though Isaiah’s death occurred away from school over the weekend.

“We are looking at ways to support our students so they don’t fall to violence in this manner,” Flint said.

Oakland police said their investigation into the shooting is ongoing and have asked anyone with information about the case to call their homicide section at (510) 238-3821 or their tip line at (510) 238-7950.

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