We’re defined by our own company name, which is – for the record – NEWS24/680. We chose the name because our bisecting highways have served as ready identifiers for our area of coverage.
None of that seemed to matter yesterday as we were flooded by incoming calls about a developing incident at a theatre complex in Emeryville.
As it happened, one of our people happened to have been on scene when a series of scuffles, fights, and a knifing swirled into a melee involving hundreds of mostly young people. As we have seen in the past the groups surged back and forth across public spaces, cell phones held high and scaring the absolute bejeebers out of Sunday shoppers caught up in the calamity.
We dialed in, receiving photos and video from the always on-the-spot Craig Cannon, and trying to figure out crowd movement as hundreds of heavily armed police officers flooded the area, closing businesses and streets in an attempt to regain control and restore order.
Those photos went up on our Instagram page as the bizarre incident continued to develop, police issuing a rare inter-agency assistance call after a gunshot was reportedly fired. A girl was stabbed and seriously wounded a short distance away from where Craig was standing so we had a pretty quick grasp of the seriousness of the situation.
It turned out there were similar incidents in several other parts of the state as AMC Theatres promoted National Cinema Day by selling discounted movie tickets for $4 apiece, large groups of kids apparently doing some promotion of their own via Social Media and issuing a “come and party” message to friends.
The result was, for a good while at least – pure chaos. We relegated our coverage to our Instagram page and Flash Alerts to those East Bay subscribers who have signed on with us previously.
We thank everyone for calling – even if it turned a relatively quiet Sunday in the 24/680 into something else altogether.