Awful news out of Oakland last night: Eight people, including a 1-year-old boy, were assailed with more than 50 bullets outside of a liquor store in a shooting nobody can quite explain yet.
Initial reports suggested that the crowd was shooting a music video on Willow Street with the Oakland rapper Kafani. But Kafani denied this, writing on his Twitter feed, "News reports wrong I did not shoot a video today." He says that while there was a promo van present at the scene with his picture on it -- and that the group was apparently working on a clip for him -- the rapper wasn't personally there.
The one-year-old who was shot, Hiram Lawrence, underwent overnight surgery at Highland Hospital to relieve swelling on his brain, according to news reports. The others injured are in stable condition.
Vallejo police are saying today that a 28-year-old man found shot to death in a car on Interstate 80 last night is S.F. rapper Markeise "Killa Keise" Henry.
According to this Vallejo Times Herald story, Keise's body was found at about 11 p.m. last night inside a Pontiac that had veered off the highway and into some bushes:
Inside the crashed vehicle, responders found Henry, who had received a number of gunshot wounds to his upper body, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
No suspects had been arrested in the case as of Friday afternoon, police said. Mustard said police were not yet ready to reveal further details, including whether Henry was a victim of a random shooting or targeted.
Looks like there'll be no onstage dismemberment for you, Bay Area metalheads: Not even a week after GWAR's guitarist, Cory Smoot, died suddenly in his tour bus bunk, the venerable costumed metal band everyone knows canceled the San Francisco show scheduled for this Friday at Regency Ballroom.
After breaking both her arms and fracturing her skull in a fall at a New Year's Eve rave, professional aerialist Sarah Johnston, aka Agent Red, says she may never perform again.
Johnston was just getting into her routine at around midnight at the Sea of Dreams party when she slipped off her apparatus and fell about 12 feet onto a concrete floor at the S.F. Concourse Exhibition Center. The fall left her with multiple fractures in both arms. Because of the extensive damage to her right arm -- she broke both main arm bones, her ring finger, and parts of her wrist -- doctors tell Johnston she will have a very difficult time doing aerial dance even after she recovers.
"Aerial is something that I would have to work very, very hard to do again," Johnston says. "If my recovery does extremely well, I will perform, but it's not looking totally likely."
The Oscar Grant saga was an awful event in Bay Area history -- and, uh, we'll leave it at that. But more than two years after the tragedy, Outkast affiliate and overall Dirty South badass Killer Mike still has much more to say on the matter. Over four
minutes worth, in fact.
automated email messaging,'" the woman told us in an e-mail earlier today, explaining that e-mail marketing is part of her job.
Other potential answers are numerous. "A good friend suggested I should respond: 'Dear TM: Glad you asked. Was viscerally reminded of own mortality. Feel so alive. Please include suicides at all future shows. P.S.: Seriously, Ticketmaster, I'm billing you for the therapy. Luckily, it'll be cheaper than your ticket fee.'"
Yikes. It should be pointed out that both messages were automated, and that Ticketmaster's went out only hours after the show ended -- at which point only limited information about what happened at the concert was available. But still.
Update, 5:06 p.m.: Live Nation's Aaron Siuda says the e-mails were part of an automated system and have been stopped. "They're not going out anymore," he tells All Shook Down. "We're sending an apology note out to the people who did receive them." Siuda said the company is "taking steps" to make sure it doesn't again send out the automated e-mails after shows where something went wrong.
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This video was taken in the aftermath of the suicide at the Swell Season concert at Mountain Winery Thursday night. It doesn't show the jump itself, but it does capture the stunned silence among the crowd afterwards and the directions given by the concert organizers.
Last night Makh Daniels, vocalist of Early Graves, tragically lost his life in a van accident while the band was traveling from Oregon to Nevada. An official statement will be released in time, but for now our thoughts are with Makhs family, friends and band mates during this terrible time.Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown