OAKLAND -- A 21-year-old man was fatally shot early Monday in East Oakland, becoming the city's 100th homicide of the year.

The man's name was not released pending notification of relatives. Police believe he is an Oakland resident but they have not been able to confirm an address yet.

The shooting happened about 12:54 a.m. Monday in the 5600 block of Hilton Street in the city's Melrose district.

Officer Steven Bang said the man was walking by himself when someone shot him several times. The man was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital at 1:38 a.m.

Bang said none of the addresses police have for the man were in the area and police are not sure what he was doing there or why he was shot. No arrests have been made.

It is the fourth time since 2008 that Oakland has recorded at least 100 homicides in a year. Of the 100 so far this year, 96 are considered murders and the other four, including a fatal police shooting, have been determined by the district attorney to be justifiable homicides.

Last year there were 110 total homicides in the city, including 92 at this time last year.

There were 95 homicides in 2010, 110 in 2009 and 125 in 2008. The most homicides in one year over the past decade was 2006, when there were 148.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or a tip line at 510-773-2805 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572 or 510-777-3211. Tips can also be sent anonymously via text message. Test to 888-777 and include the words TipOaklandPD.



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