Two Dead as Shots Fired at Occupy Oakland, Burlington

Days of both camps could be numbered

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 10, 2011 10:18 PM CST | Updated Nov 11, 2011 4:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Two men were killed last night on separate coasts after shots were fired in or close to the Occupy Oakland and Occupy Burlington encampments. Protesters clashed with police as cops tried to close part of the Vermont camp, and local politicians were calling for the California protest site to also be shut down. Six shots were fired in a gunfight at an Oakland BART station near the camp in the early evening. An Occupy Oakland spokesman said the dead man did not appear to be part of the protest movement, but may have hidden out in the camp before he was shot dead. "I have been very vocal on the fact that this cannot continue," City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente told ABC7 News. "I think fear has become a reality. They should pack up and leave—if not, we should take whatever action is necessary."

Across the nation, Burlington cops met with resistance as they tried to shut part of the camp after a 35-year-old war veteran apparently shot himself in a tent, protesters told the Burlington Free Press. Officials said they needed to take over the camp for 24 hours to investigate. "This is a crime scene. We are trying to get answers for the loved ones," said a police spokesman.

An Oakland police officer raises his hands to his head at the scene where a man was shot and killed near the Occupy Oakland encampment last evening.
An Oakland police officer raises his hands to his head at the scene where a man was shot and killed near the Occupy Oakland encampment last evening.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
An Occupy Oakland protester sits beside candles at the scene if a shooting last night in Oakland.
An Occupy Oakland protester sits beside candles at the scene if a shooting last night in Oakland.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A police officer investigates the scene where a man was shot and killed outside the Occupy Oakland encampment.
A police officer investigates the scene where a man was shot and killed outside the Occupy Oakland encampment.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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