Oakland neighborhood shaken by fatal shooting of ice cream vendor

For the second time in just five days, a man was killed in Oakland while doing something that typically brings smiles to people's faces.

First, it was artist Antonio Ramos, who was shot on Tuesday while painting a mural. Then on Saturday, someone shot an ice cream man.

Peach Street near 94th Avenue in East Oakland is a multi-cultural community, with many families with small children.

"There's a lot of hard-working people, including myself," said resident Pam Mooney.

But on Saturday afternoon, it was the place where the ice cream man's route came to an abrupt end.

"When I came out, the van was still in gear and I just reached over, turned the van off and put it in park. And called 911," said a man who didn't want to be identified.

Someone opened fire on 45-year old Jasvir Singh before running away.

"What we do know at this time it does not appear that the vendor had anything missing, therefore it does not appear that robbery was a motive," explained Oakland Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson, making Singh's killing even harder to understand.

The question residents were asking on Monday is why would anyone kill the ice cream man?

"It's an absolute mystery to me. It's shameful. That whoever did it, I don't know how old they were, how they had access to these guns," said Mooney.

Singh was a well-known fixture in the area.

"The kids loved him. You know, the kids love candy; they love snacks and ice cream. So they were glad to see him come," said resident LeRoy Miner.

Residents told KTVU it is a quiet street with very little crime. But one woman said the area is a different story. Her life has been touched by two separate homicides.

"My brother was killed around the corner," said Venicia Johnson. "My friend just got killed. I grew up with him. He got killed on the 29th of September four blocks away."

"It's crazy. I mean, it needs to stop. That's the best I can say; it needs to stop," said the man who didn't want to be identified.

The neighborhood mail carrier said he was stunned by the brazenness of this crime, but then said something just as stunning.

"Yeah, well, I'm used to it, man."

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