Man killed while returning home from work

July 23, 2010 12:31:11 PM PDT
A man on his way home from work was murdered on Friday morning and Oakland police are looking for the killer. It happened near the victim's home in the 5700 block of east 15th Street.

Cristorey Mariano was coming home from a nursing shift at Kaiser at 2 a.m. When he got out of his car, he was shot dead.

"I was asleep at about 1:30 a.m. and I just heard gunshots and screeching yelling, a lot of yelling," a witness who wishes to remain anonymous said. "About three minutes later I heard banging of doors and stuff and after that silence."

The man described what he heard as he slept next door to where the 53-year-old man was shot and killed on the sidewalk.

His wife and children live in the Philippines. He was in Oakland to better his life and instead he lost it.

"As CHP officers were in the area, they were the first ones to hear the gunshots and responded. They were the first officers on the scene," Oakland Police spokesman Jeff Thomason said.

But the shooters were gone, no one saw anything and police have no motive. It's scaring some neighbors.

"Just knowing that somebody died across the street, it means a bullet could have come into my house or something. It puts me and my family in danger and I don't know, I just don't feel safe here anymore," neighbor Aracely Martinez said.

It's been a violent couple of days in Oakland. On Sunday night, Jinghong Dang of Virginia was killed at 19th Street and Webster. He was in the Bay Area for a job interview at Google and was gunned down near his rental car.

Police released these surveillance pictures of two people they'd like to talk to who were near the scene that night. The motive there was robbery and police said the thieves got away with $17.

Police have yet to find out the motive for Mariano's murder.

This is Oakland. We called it the 'wild, wild west,'" the witness said. "There are shootings all the time here everywhere from 105th all the way to West Oakland. There have always been shootings in Oakland and some just need to grow up."

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts is calling for a gang violence summit. He is calling federal investigators to try to end the recent rashes of violence seen in Oakland. He also added that he will be coming to the troubled spots "hot and heavy."


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