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Two shot while feeding the homeless in East Oakland

on July 27, 2011

The Oakland Police Department is reporting that at approximately 12:30 am on Wednesday, a man and a woman who were feeding the homeless on 47th Avenue in East Oakland were shot by an unknown person who pulled up alongside them in a car.

According to the OPD, the man suffered a life-threatening wound and is currently in critical condition; the woman was also shot but was not seriously hurt. The couple’s two young children were with them but the police did not report them as injured.

The police have not yet released the couple’s names, although the Oakland Tribune is reporting that the injured man is known to the local community as “Brother John,” and that the couple and their children have been feeding homeless people in the area for about a year. You can read the Tribune’s report here.

According to the OPD, a motive for the shooting, and the identities or numbers of shooters involved, are still unknown.


  1. […] to the Oakland Police Department, Powell was shot at approximately 12:30 am Wednesday morning, when a car pulled up alongside the area where he had stopped his van on the 1000 block of 47th […]

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