Teenage Best Friends Found Shot 36 Times Bleeding On The Street
Two teenagers who were best friends were shot to death early Sunday morning on a street in Oakland, California.
The girls, 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain and 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel were found riddled with bullets and bleeding on the street.
Their deaths mark the 114th and 115th homicides in the California city this year alone.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Sartain and Gerstel grew up together and were fast friends.
While the areas surrounding Minna Avenue near Brookdale Park are notorious for prostitution, the neighborhood where the teenagers were shot has been crime free, in large part due to neighbor’s care of keeping their homes safe.
But early Sunday morning, neighbors reported hearing a barrage of gunshots.
Resident Monique Jefferson was one resident who ran out after spotting the girls on the pavement.
‘(Gerstel) was full of bullets,’ Ms Jackson told the Chronicle. ‘I kept telling her, ‘Stay with me angel. You’re safe now.'”
However, both teenagers soon succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Police do not currently have any suspects.
It is unclear what the two were doing around Minna Avenue at the time of the shootings.
Officers said they were shot a collective 36 times. Gerstel’s father, Barton Gerstel said that he is crushed by his daughter’s death.
‘She’s going to be missed. I love her and my heart is torn,’ he told the paper.
He said that his daughter had told him that she was going to spend Saturday night at a friend’s house. Rather than do that, she had a friend drop her off at her father’s house, later meeting up with Sartain.
The girls had been at Sartain’s parents’ house on Saturday night.
Chuck Briggs, who is dating Sartain’s mother, said he had an argument with the teenager and told her: ‘If you can’t follow the rules, you have to go.’
She said fine, and was out the door.
Oakland police are offering a $10,000 reward for any information regarding the teenagers’ homicides.