Mother of three fatally shot trying to protect children from shooting

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Thirty-year-old Chyemil Pierce was killed Monday while trying to shield her two young children from a shooting in West Oakland.

“My heart is burning for the loss of the life of a young mother and for her children, who will grow up without their mother,” said Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney.

According to McElhaney, the shooting began when a group of young women were fighting and a young man joined in and opened fire. Pierce was on her way home from picking up her children, ages 7 and 9, from school. She was hit by a stray bullet.

Watch a report on Chyemil Pierce’s tragic death below:

Two other people were injured in the fight, but they are now in stable condition.

According to Pierce’s LinkedIn profile, she worked at Kaiser Permanente in their human resources department. When informed of the shooting, Kaiser Permanente officials released a statement that read in part, “We were saddened to learn about the death of one of our employees, Chyemil Pierce.”

“Our hearts go out to her friends and family in the wake of this terrible tragedy. We are providing grief counselors and other support services to our employees during this difficult time.”

No arrests have yet been made for the shooting.

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