On July 22, 2021, a jury found defendant Fred Bates Sr., 64, guilty of attempted murder of a 52-year-old woman.

The attempted murder occurred on Oct. 13, 2019, on International Boulevard in Oakland. The female victim was shot in the upper left arm and her right eye. She testified during the trial.

The victim said she was driving to the homeless encampment on the 1200 block of 42nd Avenue to see friends. She saw Bates and the two got into an argument. When she began to walk away from the conversation, Bates took out a gun and shot her once in the left arm.

She then fled to her car to avoid being shot again, but as she was getting into her driver’s seat, Bates drove up in his truck and fired another round at her face, this time striking her right eye.

The victim was able to drive off and to an Oakland Police station to report the shooting.

The jury also found true the special allegation of the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm and the special allegation of the use of a firearm.

Bates is expected to be sentenced on October 4.

DDA Sean Flynn prosecuted the case, with aid from Inspector Caesar Basa.

Posted on Jul 26, 2021