Thursday Must Read: Father of 1-Year-Old Victim Won’t Talk to Cops; Berkeley Fire Caused By Electrical Short

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The father of 1-year-old Hiram Lawrence, who was gravely injured when he was shot in the head Monday in West Oakland, is refusing to help police find the perpetrators, the Bay Citizen reports, citing anonymous sources. The lack of cooperation with police is commonplace in Oakland and is one of the reasons why most violent crimes go unsolved each year in the city. In this instance, investigators suspect that the shooting, which left seven people injured, including little Hiram and his father, may have stemmed from an ongoing feud between rival West Oakland gangs. They also suspect that little Hiram’s father knows the identities of the shooters.

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