OAKLAND -- A San Jose-area paramedic who was shot in the head Tuesday while waiting at a stop sign in the Oakland hills shortly after visiting with his father died Thursday afternoon.
Quinn Boyer, 34, was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Oakland police Sgt. Arturo Bautista.
"Our hearts are heavy with emotion and we certainly want to extend our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends as they cope with this loss," said Monica Gomez, an ambulance company spokeswoman. "He will be greatly missed."
Boyer, a Dublin resident, had taken his father to a doctor's appointment Tuesday morning. After dropping him off, Boyer was stopped at the intersection of Keller Avenue and Hansom Drive about noon Tuesday when someone in another car shot him point blank, police said.
The shooter has not been caught and neither a description of the car nor the suspect has been released. That stretch of Keller is often isolated at that time of day and police have not said if they are interviewing any potential witnesses.
Police have also declined to say if they believe the shooter knew Boyer or if it was a random attempted robbery gone bad.
After the shooting, Boyer hit the gas pedal, propelling his dark blue Honda Civic over the median strip and then crashing the car down a roadside ravine.
He was rescued and rushed to a hospital, where he remained in critical condition until his death Thursday.
Quinn was a Santa Clara County paramedic that since 2011 worked for Rural Metro, which contracts with the county for ambulance services. Before that, he worked for American Medical Response, the previous contractor of county ambulance service. Friends and co-workers described him as a bright spirit with a great sense of humor and the ability to make anyone smile.
Family members were not immediately available for comment late Thursday.
This is the second tragedy to befall those who work in Santa Clara County emergency medical services in recent years.
Paramedic Bryan Stow was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after the 2011 opening-day game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Stow suffered severe brain damage; his treatment is ongoing.
Boyer is the 24th person killed in Oakland this year.
There is a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572 or 510-777-3211.
Staff writer Serena Valdez contributed to this report.