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Have you seen this van? Police seek info in Powell homicide case

on July 29, 2011

Oakland police are asking for the public’s help in locating a turquoise mini-van that investigators believe may be linked to the July 27 murder of Paris Powell, the man shot while feeding the homeless in East Oakland.

According to a bulletin issued by the Oakland Police Department on Friday afternoon, investigators are looking for a suspect vehicle described as a Ford Windstar made in the year 2001 or later, similar to the one pictured in the photograph.

Powell, age 29, was shot at approximately 12:30 Wednesday morning on the 1000 block of 47th Avenue, where he, along with his wife and two children, had stopped to serve food to the homeless. According to the OPD, a vehicle pulled up to them and someone inside began firing, striking Powell as well as his wife, whose name has not been released by authorities. The woman was not seriously wounded, but Powell died later that night from his injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information.


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