Oakland police were struggling to unravel a mystery involving an off-duty paramedic who was shot Tuesday afternoon while inside his car at a stop sign.
The man, identified by relatives as 34-year-old emergency medical technician Quinn Boyer, remained in critical condition at Highland Hospital Tuesday night. Family members gathered there told KTVU they feared Boyer might not survive.
Boyer was driving his Honda Civic on Keller Avenue just before noon in a typically quiet part of the Oakland Hills.
Police said the gunman got out of another car before he opened fire.
Boyer's family did not want to go on camera, but those in the Oakland Hills neighborhood said they were shaken by the shooting.
"I think the whole neighborhood is scared, " said area resident Sandi Bethune, " We're frightened. This is very unusual."
It appeared that Boyer tried to drive away after he was shot, but his car went off the road and down a ravine.
As crews pulled the Honda out, they discovered the passenger side window appeared to have been shot out.
A source told KTVU Boyer was shot in the head and that there were several bullet casings on the ground.
Police found Boyer's paramedic gear inside the car, but authorities said they don't have a motive for the shooting.
"It could be various things. It could have been a robbery," said Sgt. Arturo Bautista. "Could have been road rage."
A law enforcement source tells KTVU that when rescue crews first came to Boyer's aid, he mumbled the words "he tried to rob me."
Boyer's employer called him a wonderful employee who has worked with with Santa Clara County Ambulance Services for about two years.
Police said they were not certain if the gunman was alone in the getaway car and that they only have a general description of a brown suspect vehicle.
Anyone with information related to the shooting are asked to call the Oakland Police Department at 510-777-3333.
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