Suspect wanted for shooting in downtown Oakland that wounded woman in crossfire

Cervando Jessie Sterling-Valdez, 22


OAKLAND (KRON) — Police are searching for the suspect who is allegedly responsible for the shooting that injured a bystander in Oakland.

Cervando Jessie Sterling-Valdez, 22, is believed to be the gunman in the shooting that happened just after 10:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of Broadway near the 12th St. Oakland City Center BART station, according to police.

Sterling-Valdez was arguing with another man on the sidewalk when he pulled out a gun and fired the weapon. Both men fled the scene on foot.

The officer chased the suspected shooter along Broadway to 14th Street. He got away, but officers located a the weapon in the 1400 block of Broadway, where he was last seen. Officers believed the recovered firearm was used in the shooting.

Cervando Jessie Sterling-Valdez, 22
Cervando Jessie Sterling-Valdez, 22

A witness at the scene said the suspect fired four shots causing everyone in the area to scatter and run.

The witness ran into a nearby Burger King but shortly came back out to find a woman bleeding the from arm. The woman was with another woman and a stroller.

The witness then brought the injured woman into the Burger King where emergency crews began to tend to her wounds. The woman was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

It is believed the woman was caught in the crossfire and struck by a stray bullet.

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Sterling-Valdez is described as an African-American male, 5’8”, 153 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light colored coat and white pants.

The Oakland Police Department is actively investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to please contact OPD’s Felony Assault Unit at (510) 238-3426.

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