Two Dead as Shots Fired at Occupy Oakland, Burlington

Days of both camps could be numbered
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 10, 2011 10:18 PM CST
Updated Nov 11, 2011 4:30 AM CST
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)
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(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.

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