Police identify two homicide victims

Two people slain by gunfire in East Oakland this week were identified by police Friday.

Damon Smith, 36, was one of four people shot Wednesday night in the 3700 block of International Boulevard in the Fruitvale district.

The three other people who were wounded in the shooting will recover, police said. One is a 24-year-old man who has been uncooperative with police, and the others are women, ages 18 and 26.

Police still don't have a motive for the shooting and don't know which of the four was the intended target. Smith was an Oakland resident.

A 44-year-old woman shot to death Monday night at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of 88th Avenue was identified as Elizabeth Keller, who lived in another part of Oakland.

Police don't have a motive yet in her killing and are not sure what she was doing at the apartment. No one there has said they knew her, police said.

The killings are not believed to be related, police said.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $25,000 in reward money in the Smith shooting and up to $10,000 in the Keller case for information leading to the arrest of suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff


One killed, two wounded in morning stabbing

One man was killed and two others wounded in a stabbing early Saturday, police said.

Police who arrived at 1082 B St. found the man in the rear parking lot suffering from a stab wound, according to police.

Medics were unable to revive him. The man's name has not yet been released.

Two other people later showed up to a hospital with stab wounds, police said.

Police are also investigating a car that was left abandoned after a crash on A Street at South Garden Avenue.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to to call the Hayward Police Department's Investigations Bureau at 510-293-7034.

-- David DeBolt, Staff


Man killed in crash after fleeing from police

A man was killed after fleeing from police during a traffic stop in East Oakland late Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Around 9:32 p.m., officers attempted to pull over a driver along San Leandro Street after the plates on the car he was driving came back stolen, according to the CHP. The driver, however, took off and both Oakland police and CHP officers followed.

But at 98th Avenue and San Leandro Street, the driver of the suspected stolen car crashed into another car traveling in the opposite direction, as well as a car with a person inside parked along the side of San Leandro Street, according to the CHP.

Both drivers that were struck sustained minor injuries.

The suspect driver was unresponsive as officers attempted to pull him out of the car, which had caught fire shortly after impact.

One officer sustained minor cuts in his efforts to pull the driver from the vehicle.

Paramedics declared the suspect driver dead at the scene.

His identity has not been released.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff


Shooting, carjacking suspect turns himself in

A suspect wanted for allegedly shooting a man and stealing his car turned himself in to police, authorities said Saturday.

Kelvin Lemonte Starks, 20, was taken into police custody after he surrendered Friday.

Starks is a suspect in the robbery, shooting and carjacking in the 4300 block of Ohio Avenue on Feb. 6, according to police.

Police have not yet located the tan 1985 Nissan Maxima taken in the robbery. The four-door sedan has a license plate of 1MKE402. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Richmond police Detective Jason Wentz at 510-621-1259.

-- David DeBolt, Staff


Motorcyclist dies after falling off Highway 101

A motorcyclist has died after falling about 30 feet while getting onto southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The rider, whose name has not yet been released, was entering southbound Highway 101 at 10th Street at about 2 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he was ejected from the bike, the CHP said.

The CHP said the bike remained on the roadway while the rider fell about 30 feet down to the roadway below the onramp.

The crash was cleared from the roadway around 3:15 a.m.

-- Bay City News