OAKLAND

Woman killed by gunfire identified

A woman shot to death Wednesday morning in East Oakland was identified by police as Brigid Palmer.

Police said the 26-year-old Palmer had addresses in Oakland and Bay Point in Contra Costa County.

She was shot about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday outside an apartment complex at the intersection of International Boulevard and 100th Avenue. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

She did not live at the apartment complex, police said.

Police have not released a motive yet in the killing and said no arrests have been made.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

OAKLAND

Man, 79, robbed, struck outside home

A 79-year-old man was pistol-whipped and robbed Thursday night outside his Dimond District home, police said.

The man, who is a grandfather, was treated at a hospital for head injuries, police said.

wHis name was not released.

The man was taking out the garbage outside his home in the 3200 block of Sheffield Avenue, about 9:15 p.m. Thursday when the robber approached him, pulled a pistol and demanded money.

When the man briefly hesitated, the robber hit him in the head with the gun and grabbed the man's wallet from his pocket before running to a waiting car that drove off, police said.

The robber was described as black, 30 to 35 years old, about 6 feet and 170 pounds with a medium complexion, wearing a black shirt, black jacket and black pants.

Investigators were trying to determine if the suspect is responsible for other robberies.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

BERKELEY

DUI suspected in Corvette crash

A 21-year-old man driving a Corvette that smashed into a pole near the Claremont Hotel early Friday was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run, police said.

The single-car wreck, which happened at 2:20 a.m. on Tunnel Road, critically injured a passenger in the car and shut down the road -- an artery connecting highways 24 and 13 -- at the start of Friday's commute, Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said.

Tunnel Road remained closed in the eastbound direction until just before 11:30 a.m.

The road was closed in both directions until around 7 a.m.

The passenger, a 24-year-old man, was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was in critical condition.

Coats said the man's injuries were so severe that a fatal-accident investigation team was called to the scene.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

CASTRO VALLEY

Firefighter injured in horse rescue

A firefighter was injured Friday when he was kicked by a horse he was helping rescue after the animal fell down an embankment on Crow Creek, authorities said.

Crews responded at 10:30 a.m. to the 9500 block of Crow Canyon Road, where the horse had fallen about 50 feet.

During the rescue, a veterinarian sedated the horse while firefighters cut brush and trees on the hill to clear a path to move the animal, said Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles.

Firefighters used a sling to hitch the horse and prevent it from sliding another 20 feet into Crow Creek.

A resident used his tractor to hoist the horse, Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

At some point, the horse kicked a firefighter, who was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff