Nearly a week after the senseless killing of Antonio Ramos on September 29th, The Oakland Police have released a surveillance image of a man wanted for questioning. Ramos was shot under the 580 overpass on West Street while painting a mural alongside other artists. After a verbal exchange, a man reportedly pulled out a gun, shot Ramos and calmly walked away. Ramos later died at a local hospital.
The tragic story even reached the pages of the NY Times today. The Times piece focused on Oakland’s recent economic advances and how crime is a persistent reminder of the city’s biggest challenge. The murder was Oakland’s 74 this year outpacing last year’s total of 86 and threatening to reverse a two-year decline after 2012’s 131 killings.
The Person of Interest is described as an African-American male in his 20’s, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build. In the surveillance image he is wearing a blue zip-up Adidas track jacket & a dark baseball cap with a white logo. Anyone who recognizes this man is instructed to call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572. Crime Stoppers of Oakland has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case.
Oakland muralist slaying: Surveillance image released of person of interest
OAKLAND — Homicide investigators on Monday released a surveillance camera image of a man described as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a mural artist last week in West Oakland.
Authorities said the man is black, in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build and dark complexion. In the image, he is wearing a dark blue athletic sweat jacket with an Adidas logo, and a dark baseball cap with an undistinguishable symbol.
Detectives would like to interview him in connection with the killing of Antonio Ramos, 27, who died after being shot at about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 in the 3500 block of West Street, Officer Johnna Watson said.
Investigators are requesting help from anyone who can identify the man and provide his whereabouts, Watson said. Police would not say where or when the image was taken but did say they believe the man is connected to the killing in some way.
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