Oakland mother killed after being struck by stray bullet

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A shooting Saturday night killed a sleeping woman. 

Around 9:45 p.m., the Oakland Police Department said a shooting occurred at the 3600 block of 38th Avenue near Masterson Street.

Later, it was revealed that the shooting victim was an innocent bystander who was inside her home, one block away from the shooting. 

The victim was sleeping when at least one stray bullet hit her. 

She was a mother of two children.

“I am absolutely horrified to hear of the senseless act of violence that occurred in the Laurel last night,” Ramachandran said in a statement to KRON4. “A mother of two young children was killed in her own home, struck by a stray bullet while asleep. The bullet came from gunfire a block away on 38th and Masterson St. I urge my fellow City of Oakland colleagues to remember last night’s victim and the countless others who have lost their lives this year – and treat the crisis on our hands with upmost urgency.”

OPD said the woman was taken to the hospital but died there. 

The identity of the woman is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin. OPD says this is an active investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.