Oakland police said Thursday that they are urging witnesses to come forward to help solve the fatal shooting of an Oakland grandmother who was struck by errant gunfire on a busy street in East Oakland Wednesday night.
Sgt. Chris Bolton said Ramona Foreman, 48, was walking along the north sidewalk of the 9100 block of International Boulevard, in front of Oakland's 92nd Avenue Head Start office, when she was hit by gunfire shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Foreman was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
Bolton said the suspect or suspects in the case fired weapons from across the street but police haven't yet determined why they opened fire or at whom they were shooting.
He said, "We believe witnesses and information exist -- we are urging people to come forward."
Al Roberts, who has two children and three grandchildren with the victim, was dumbfounded by her murder. He said Foreman, who cared for her elderly mother, was “a good person who never did anything to anybody.”
Police had made no arrests by Thursday morning and were still trying to figure out what instigated the gun fight that left at least ten shell casings on the sidewalk.
When Felicia Gordon, who lives in the neighborhood, walked by the spot where the woman was killed Wednesday night, she told reporters, "Whoever did this should think about what could happen to their own parents. This woman's kids and grandkids will never see her again."
Gordon said Foreman "was just a bystander but still her life is gone."
Her voice rising, she said, "People need to think before they react. They killed an innocent person."
Gordon said if two groups of people want to shoot at each other "they should do it somewhere else" so that innocent bystanders aren't killed.
Gordon said, "It could have been anybody who was killed. I'm walking with my daughter right now."
Police have not released a suspect description or motive.
Foreman's family is planning a memorial this weekend.
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