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The city of Walnut Creek quickly imposed a curfew Sunday evening after a woman was shot in the city’s downtown and hundreds of people gathered there and at shopping centers around the East Bay in a widespread looting frenzy.
The young woman was among the crowds near Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza shopping corridor and was shot near Koja Kitchen, a restaurant at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Locust Street, according to a restaurant employee who saw the shooting.
At around 5:42 p.m., a single shot could be heard as cars were trying to make their way west on Olympic towards Locust, honking, a block from the Apple store, as a groups of looters were running up the sidewalk and darting in and around traffic.
A man came out of Koja’s Kitchen, wearing a white t-shirt, repeating, “she’s been shot!” to officers and yelling out the digits of a license plate for a car that may have been involved.
The woman, who had been hit in the arm with a bullet, grimaced as the man from Koja’s led her to sidewalk to sit down. But she remained alert as police and emergency responders tended to her wounds until she could be taken to John Muir.
The city has implemented a curfew from 6 p.m. that will stretch until 5 a.m. the following day. After that, it will begin nightly at 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. until Monday, June 8, unless officials decide to lift it early. City officials have also asked businesses to close, city spokeswoman Betsy Burkhart said.
According to the emergency order implementing the curfew, people are not allowed to be on public streets, avenues, alleys, parks or other public areas between the curfew hours. Violating the order is punishable as a misdemeanor. People may also be given administrative citations for violating it.
The shooting came as hundreds — mostly young people — spread out throughout Walnut Creek, San Leandro and elsewhere in the East Bay, many breaking into stores with hammers and coming out with bags of belongings.
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In Walnut Creek, people had started to assemble downtown around 4 p.m., peacefully chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.” But soon after, a crowd turned into the Broadway Plaza shopping corridor and tried to break into Nordstrom, turning next to H&M and other stores along the row, smashing glass doors to get inside.
San Leandro’s Bayfair Center mall had a similarly chaotic scene, with hundreds of people soaring through the broken doors to the entrance and emerging with bags of clothes, cases of liquor from BevMo! and boxes of shoes, and fleeing into cars parked across multiple nearby parking lots.
Police officers across Walnut Creek and San Leandro who were initially outnumbered did not immediately…
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