BERKELEY -- Police combed a middle school playground for clues Wednesday afternoon in the death of a woman who was found shot on her bicycle just a few feet from her Sacramento Street apartment late Tuesday night.
The woman's sister and niece identified the victim as 50-year-old Pam Mullins. She died just about 100 feet from her front door.
"I'm her baby sister," said Cathy White of Oakland. "I hope the Berkeley police find whoever did this to her because God is going to make him suffer. It's just wrong. No one deserves to die like that. Whoever did it, it's on their conscience. This violence has got to stop."
White said her sister often rode her bike to and from her job as a caregiver. She also said her sister lived alone and recently moved into the apartment from another residence down the street on Alcatraz Avenue.
Police are still investigating the incident and have no information on a possible motive or suspects.
Police received a 911 call at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday reporting a bicyclist possibly injured in a traffic collision near Longfellow Middle School, according to Berkeley police Officer Jennifer Coats. They found the woman unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound on the sidewalk, Coats said.
It did not appear that there was any collision, Coats said. Paramedics attended to the woman, but she died of her injuries at the scene.
Seeking clues Wednesday, about 20 officers and detectives formed a line and combed through the grassy playground area of nearby Longfellow Middle School on Derby Street, then checked other areas, including storm grates, but it did not appear they found anything.
Police have made no arrests. The death was the fourth homicide in the city so far this year.
Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.