OAKLAND — A woman and a man were each shot to death — a few minutes and a few blocks apart — in East Oakland incidents early Sunday that police say may be related.

Investigators said it was a "miracle" that no one else was killed during the violence, which left houses and cars hit with gunfire at one of the scenes.

As part of the investigation, a large number of people were detained and several weapons ranging from handguns to assault rifles were seized at two residences near where the man was killed.

There have been no arrests, and neither victim has been identified, police said.

The woman's body was found about 2:47 a.m. Sunday in the 7100 block of Spencer Street by officers responding to a "shot spotter" call. Shot spotter technology monitors gunfire in certain neighborhoods and automatically directs police to the location in which shots are detected.

While police were at that scene, another shot spotter call at 2:56 a.m. sent other officers to a scene a few blocks away — in the 1000 block of 76th Avenue.

There, they found an unidentified man dead from multiple gunshots and several cars and houses riddled with bullets, Sgt. Rick Andreotti said.

"It's a miracle not more people were dead,'' he said.

Officers obtained information at 76th Avenue that led them to two homes on the block, the sergeant said.


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Numerous people were detained for questioning and the firearms recovered, some of which had been thrown out of windows.

Andreotti said police are still unsure of motives in the two killings but "information suggests they may be related."

In an unrelated incident, two people were wounded by gunfire about 11:50 p.m. Saturday in the 4900 block of Manila Avenue in the Rockridge district. The two victims were in stable condition at a local hospital and no further details were available.

The two killings brought the city's homicide count for the year to 81, police said. Last year at this time, there were 73 homicides in the Oakland.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the killings and the assault. Anyone with information can call police at 238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 777-8572 or 777-3211.