Donitra Henderson was shot near the corner of 54th Street and Shattuck Avenue around 8:40 p.m., police said.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
According to Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan, her 4-year-old son, Joshua, witnessed the shooting.
A receptionist at Laney College said Henderson was a student at the Oakland community college. She did not know of any memorial plans on campus being arranged to honor Henderson.
According to Henderson's LinkedIn web page she had enrolled at Laney College in 2012 and was expected to graduate in 2014.
On her Facebook page -- filled with photos of her with her son -- she listed she had attended Oakland Technical High School. Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said she graduated from the high school in 2010.