Three Slain in Oakland in Separate Killings Over 12 Hours

Police say three men have been fatally shot in Oakland in separate killings over a 12-hour span.

The most recent homicide happened Sunday just before noon when a
man was shot in the head during a confrontation near a church where
people were leaving morning services, police said. The man, whose
name was not released, died at the scene.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, 25-year-old Robert H. Benjamin Jr.
of Oakland was shot after leaving a downtown nightclub, Oakland
police Sgt. Cesar Basa said. No arrests have been made.

Marcus McCall, 26, of Oakland was fatally shot while he sat in a car near a West Oakland commuter train station just after 11 p.m. Saturday, according to Sgt. Lou Cruz. Police said they have no motive for the murder.

The killings pushed Oakland's 2007 homicides to 125. There were
148 murders in Oakland in 2006.
Information from: The Oakland Tribune,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-30-07 1813EST

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