By Derrick Stanley
A Denver marijuana industry leader visiting Oakland for a conference scheduled there in June was slightly injured Tuesday afternoon when he ducked to avoid gunfire and flipped his car while driving through the city.
Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, was driving north on San Pablo when he heard gunshots around 2 p.m. He ducked to dodge the bullets, sideswiping a parked vehicle with his car before coming to rest on its roof.
Smith said "it felt like I was punched in the nose" when his car's air bag activated.
The shooting happened about 1:55 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of San Pablo and 27th St. Smith was able to get out of the car without aid and walked to a nearby business for help.
Smith said he was in town to prepare for the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo on June 20 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.
Smith sustained minor injuries in the incident. No-one else was injured, but an unoccupied car was hit by gunshots.
Police said they believe someone was shooting at another person on the street but apparently did not hit their target. More than a half-dozen shell casings were found at the scene.
Police have not established a motive yet for the shooting and said no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information about the shooting may call police at 510-238-3426.