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Jan 14, 2013 8:02 PM by The Associated Press

Oakland city officials address weekend shootings

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland city officials say they will not declare a state of emergency despite the request by the city's vice mayor for the declaration after a violent weekend that left four people dead and 11 others wounded.

Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters during a news conference on Monday that the beleaguered department is already getting help from the California Highway Patrol as well as the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

Fifteen people were shot in several incidents over the weekend, including five at a birthday party Sunday night. All five victims of that shooting are expected to survive.

Sunday's shootings came after four people were shot and killed Friday.

Those killings prompted Vice Mayor Larry Reid to say that the city should formally declare a state of emergency.

Oakland already has six homicides so far this year compared to only two at this time a year ago.

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