Police in Oakland Monday said two suspects tried to carjack a rideshare driver before shooting him dead, reports the Mercury News.
The driver, Kon Fung, died shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday in what police describe as one of the most dangerous areas of the city, Little Saigon.
“We are troubled by the brazen act of violence that occurred here,” Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said at the crime scene. “Our community is suffering.”
ABC7 confirmed with Fung’s girlfriend and son that he drove for Uber. They said he had just about to start his car when the robbery began.
Surveillance video showed two men walking up to Fung’s car door, opening it and then killing him less than five seconds later.
“This is ridiculous and I understand that they are understaffed, but still that is no excuse for the violence that is going on here,” said one neighbor to ABC7.
Armstrong described the incident as a “brazen act of violence” that occurred in the “most violent beat in the city,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
It was one of three murders in Oakland over the weekend and the 64th so far this year.
Armstrong blamed the high number of murders on understaffing, saying he had 90 openings, the largest in a decade.
“The question is are we displacing this violence?” Armstrong asked. “Or are we moving it from one place to another because we don’t have the resources.”
They do not think Fong was targeted because he is Asian American.
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I would have to respectfully disagree with the Oakland Police Chief’s comments. This victim was targeted precisely because he was a hard working Asian man and had money and resources that he worked hard for.. Why else was he killed in less than five seconds.
Also you can have towns and places with a small police department spending less money on police officers. It is the vicious criminals who are doing the killings and robberies. Not the under staffing of police officers that matter.