OAKLAND -- A 66-year-old woman and neighborhood dog walker was shot and killed while driving in the Fairfax district a few blocks from her home Wednesday afternoon, marking the city's 56th homicide of the year.
A man who answered the phone at her home, which is a few blocks east of the shooting location, confirmed her identity as Judy Salamon. He said he was working with her sister to prepare a statement to be released later this week.
Authorities have not confirmed her identity.
The shooting was reported at 1:24 p.m. in the 2400 block of Fern Street, between Brookdale and Fairfax avenues, said Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson. Police received an alert from the ShotSpotter gunfire-detection system and numerous 911 calls, she said.
Following the shooting, the victim crashed her car into a parked car, Watson said.
No one else was injured and police said they did not believe that other cars or houses had been hit by bullets. Police would not confirm early reports that the woman was shot during a gunbattle on the street.
Police swarmed into the area immediately after the shooting, but there were no immediate reports of suspects or arrests.
"It's a good neighborhood," said McKinley Tarpley, a 16-year resident. "The only thing that's bad is that (drivers) don't stop for the stop signs."
Kate Heathcott said she moved to the area six years ago because the neighborhood had a reputation for a low level of violent crime.
Before dawn on a Sunday morning last November, 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain and her best friend, 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel, were shot and killed near the corner of Minna and Brookdale avenues, which is about half a mile from Wednesday's killing. Two men were later charged in connection with those killings.
Fern Street is a rolling street with a view of the water from the top of the road at Brookdale. At the bottom of the hill at Fairfax Avenue sits the Home of Peace, a 115-year-old Orthodox cemetery -- among the Bay Area's oldest Jewish cemeteries.
The yards are tidy, those who live there are mostly homeowners, and there's a high level of neighborhood camaraderie and social activity among neighbors, residents said.
"Everybody knows each other, everybody looks out for each other. If it were 5 p.m. everyone would come home and everybody would be out talking," said Heathcott. "We moved here because of the community and the fact that people care about each other and look out for each other."
Police and Crime stoppers of Oakland are offering as much as $10,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information should contact Oakland police at 510-238-3821 or the anonymous tip line at 510-773-2508. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 510-777-8572 or 510-777-3211. Check back for updates.
Staff writer Brittny Mejia contributed to this report. Follow Kristin J. Bender at Twitter.com/kjbender.