Police ID three latest homicide victims
The names of three men slain since May 21 in different parts of Oakland were released Tuesday by police.
The three killings are not related and no arrests have been made in any of them, police said.
Killed Sunday night in a fatal shooting in the 9000 block of International Boulevard was Cesar Jones, 38, who lived in the area. A 30-year-old woman who was a friend of Jones' was also wounded in the 10:27 p.m. shooting but will recover. Police said they were part of a group a gunman opened fire on. No motive has been released.
A 30-year-old man fatally shot about 1:29 a.m. Sunday outside his apartment in the 2800 block of Nicol Avenue near the Dimond district was identified as Jay E. Hansen. Police were told he was the father of three children and was a student at San Francisco State University.
Police said Hansen was shot by a man he got into an argument with outside his apartment after returning home from a downtown nightclub. No motive has been established yet and police would like to talk to anyone who was with or saw Hansen earlier.
A man police said was deliberately run down by a car and killed about 9:24 p.m. May 21 in the 2800 block of Webster Street was identified as Anthony Harris, 50, who lived in North Oakland. Police still don't have a motive for why he was targeted by the motorist.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money in each case for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information may call Oakland police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Shooting victim was targeted, police say
Police investigating the weekend shooting of a man inside his car after a Concord Pavilion concert are convinced the shooter targeted the victim.
"We are willing to say now that we don't believe this was random," Walnut Creek police Lt. Steve Gorski said of the shooting, which happened just before 8 p.m. at the intersection of Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove roads.
A 36-year-old man from Sacramento remained in critical condition at a hospital on Tuesday, Gorski said. He was a passenger in a white, four-door Mercedes that was riddled with at least 17 bullets while it approached a red light, going west on Ygnacio Valley Road. The female driver was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released Monday.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, Gorski said.
Police described the suspect as a black man in his early to mid-20s, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing black three-hole mask, a T-shirt and bluejeans and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun, police said. He was driving a light-colored, four-door sedan, possibly a Honda.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-943-5844.
-- Rick Hurd and Kristin J. Bender, Staff
Paintball gun prompts lockdown at school
A report of what turned out to be a paintball gun on campus forced a lockdown at Claremont Middle School for nearly two hours on Tuesday morning.
Just before 8:30 a.m. BART police received an anonymous tip from someone who noticed a group of three students walking toward the school as one of them placed what appeared to be an assault weapon into a green backpack, according to a letter to parents from Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint.
The school was immediately placed on lockdown and police did a walk-through of the school, located at 5750 College Ave. in Oakland's Rockridge district, but found nothing, police spokesman Frank Bonifacio said.
The lockdown ended at approximately 10:15 a.m. and police continued to search the school area and interview students.
Eventually the investigation led officers to an area near a portable where an unloaded paintball gun was buried. The imitation gun was a model used for paintball and it was empty, Flint said.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Police identify man found fatally shot
A man found fatally shot behind the wheel of an SUV last week has been identified by police as Hayward resident Carlos Diaz-Rubalcava.
Diaz-Rubalcava, 22, died Thursday evening after being shot by an unknown suspect, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.
Police on Tuesday were not releasing how many times he was shot or where he was shot.
Investigators learned about the shooting just before 5:40 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls about a traffic crash on the corner of Saklan Road and West Winton Avenue. Officers found the man fatally shot in the driver's seat of a Ford Explorer, said Sgt. Mark Ormsby.
As police investigated, they learned of another shooting victim who had been dropped off at the Kaiser emergency room in Hayward. That man, a 48-year-old Oakland resident, was eventually transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. He was shot once in the chest, Ormsby said, and was expected to survive. The shootings, which police said are related, remained under investigation on Tuesday.
Diaz-Rubalcava and the 48-year-old Oakland man may be associated with the Hells Angels motorcycle club, police have said. Police said that the surviving victim's friends who showed up at hospital to check on him Thursday night were Hells Angels members, but they didn't say whether that victim or the man found fatally shot in the Ford Explorer were club members.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff