11:30 p.m. KQED's Kyung Jin Lee is still on scene, reporting that the vigil drew hundreds of people who lit candles, marched around the encampment, and prayed. Speakers included union representatives. Near midnight, the crowd thinned and the encampment was subdued.
10:00 p..m. Mayor Jean Quan issued a statement, calling for a voluntary end to the encampment. (Full statement below).
Rev. Alexandra Childs of the Alameda Congregational Church told KQED's Kyung Jin Lee that she and other clergy planned on staying in the camp to act as a buffer between Occupy Oakland campers and police, in case there was any action to remove the encampment tonight.
Mayor’s Statement on Shooting in Downtown Oakland
Tragically, a young man was shot at 14th and Broadway tonight. But whether a murder occurs here or at 98th and International, I call on all Oaklanders to demand peace and reject violence anywhere. Whether this incident is related to the encampment, or is an unrelated act, it is unacceptable.
We heard that fights early in the day were broken up by people on Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Tonight’s incident underscores the reason why the encampment must end. The risks are too great. We need to return OPD resources to addressing violence throughout the city. It’s time for the encampment to end. Camping is a tactic, not a solution.
I call on the community to be united in the need for the camp to close. I am calling on campers to leave voluntarily. We have sent additional outreach workers tonight and made additional shelter beds available.
Our Measure Y outreach workers are reaching out to offer additional services. City Team Ministries, 722 Washington St., has beds for men, and for women, Crossroads Shelter, 7515 International Blvd. We appreciate the service workers at the Interfaith Tent who are also providing outreach to the homeless.
We need a peaceful resolution to the encampment. The campers need to leave voluntarily. I call on the community to be united around a peaceful resolution.
9:46pm: Reporter Kyung Jin Lee is at Frank Ogawa Plaza tonight as friends and family of the victim -- along with Occupy Oakland demonstrators -- gather and hold vigil. The victim has only been identified as "Alex" at this point. The family members are reluctant to talk at this time, but Kyung Jin did speak to one, who said that Alex was a "supporter" of the Occupy Oakland demonstrations, but was not a camper on the plaza. Many questions remain, namely: was the shooting related in any way to the Occupy Oakland demonstrations, now almost one month old.
7:10pm: KQED's Peter Jon Shuler just attended a short press conference with Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan.