07/07/2014 02:55 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Gunfire Leads To Oakland Man's Electrocution: Utility Company

One man died and another was seriously injured by a 12,000-volt power line and parts of a conductor that fell on an Oakland, California street on Friday.

Gunfire brought down the equipment that electrocuted Jermaine Tarver and left his half-brother Tresylian Redd in critical condition, Pacific Gas & Electric Copany officials told the Oakland Tribune.

Continued gunshots in the area prevented PG&E repair workers from restoring power until midday Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Tarver, 19, and Redd, 23, were "both unresponsive" and the downed wire was between the victims, according to an Oakland Police Department statement.

Redd apparently did not see the power line and came into contact with it when he tried to aid his brother, police told the Tribune.

Though the power company has said the cause was gunfire, police were investigating if fireworks possibly brought down the electrical gear, according to NBC Bay Area.

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