Shooting at spa near Lake Merritt in Oakland kills 1, wounds another

A woman is dead, and a man is critically injured following a shooting Tuesday morning inside a spa in Oakland along heavily populated Grand Avenue near Lake Merritt, police said.

An employee of Kume Spa told KTVU that a woman entered the business before it had opened for the day, and shot a man who worked there before turning the gun on herself. 

The shooting did not appear to be a random act, police said. Police confirmed on Wednesday that the suspect shooter was also an employee at the spa. They did not release additional information about the shooter or the victim.

"Upon arrival, officers quickly established a perimeter and began treating this incident as if there was an active shooter," Oakland Police Public Information Officer Kim Armstead said. "It does not appear that this is a random shooting, and we believe there is no threat to public safety."

Police said the shooting happened about 10 a.m. 

The woman died from her injuries at a hospital, while the man is in critical condition, according to a news release.

Bullets punctured the wall of a neighboring coffee shop.

Aerial footage showed a heavy police presence outside the spa. 

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This neighborhood is typically bustling with activity, as the street is lined with shops, restaurants and people enjoying Lake Merritt.

But it's too close for comfort following another shooting in the same block.

In November, Eric Davis was killed along Grand Avenue while he was trying to stop a car burglary.

He was shot and killed by a suspect who was a passenger in a black Toyota RAV4, according to Oakland police. Police have not announced an arrest in that homicide.

In Tuesday's shooting, police said the suspect's van was filled with potential clues and a dog inside. Alameda County Animal Control was able to rescue the pet.

Police were still processing evidence at the spa late Tuesday. A motive for the shooting is still not known.

Brooks Jarosz is an investigative reporter for KTVU. Email him at and follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @BrooksKTVU

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