Family member identifies man shot and killed while interrupting Oakland auto burglary

Eric Davis confronted a car burglar near Lake Merritt and was shot and killed by passenger in black Toyota RAV4, per Oakland Police Department. 

A man who was shot and killed, while interrupting a car burglary near Oakland's Lake Merritt Sunday afternoon, has been identified. 

Eric Davis' aunt tells KTVU, the shooting victim, "had a beautiful soul and a beautiful spirit. He was a good kid…he was a hero," said the 28-year-old's aunt, Nauvata Hooker. 

At around 3:30 p.m., Davis interrupted an auto burglary in progress on the 600 block of Grand Avenue when he was shot and killed by a suspect who was a passenger in a black Toyota RAV4, according to Oakland police. 

"I guess you could sum it up and say he was a hero, you know? At least he tried to be for the city," Hooker said. 

Davis' death marks the city's 127th homicide of 2021. 

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Mayor Libby Schaaf on Monday said she is looking to additional police staffing to curb the "violent spree" adding, "There is nothing progressive about unbridled gun violence."